Duncan, a seven-year veteran of the National Football League currently with the Atlanta Falcons, will participate in the campus parade Friday afternoon, then attend the Vanderbilt-Florida game Saturday afternoon. He also is scheduled to appear as a pregame guest on the Vanderbilt radio network with Joe Fisher, the Voice of the Commodores.
The parade and Commodore-Gator game are two of several events scheduled in conjunction with Vanderbilt's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. The weekend also includes the Quake pep rally and concert Friday night in Memorial Gymnasium featuring headliners Brad Paisley and Los Lonely Boys.
The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. CT. The route starts on Natchez Trace near the football stadium, turns right on West End Avenue, right on 24th Avenue South, right on Vanderbilt Place and left on 25th Avenue South.
Numerous Vanderbilt officials, including Duncan and Chancellor Gordon Gee, will view the parade in front of Branscomb Hall located on Vanderbilt Place.
Duncan has returned to the Falcons' defensive unit this year as a run-stopping middle linebacker. He is joined in the Atlanta linebacking corps by another Commodore, Matt Stewart.
A third-round draft choice by Tampa Bay in 1998, Duncan started three years for the Buccaneers before joining St. Louis as a free agent in 2002. He started two years for the Rams before signing with Atlanta. Duncan has 55 career starts on his NFL resume.
At Vanderbilt, there have been few players to compare with Duncan, who signed with the Commodores as a 6-1, 210 prospect out of Wilmington, Del. Duncan departed Vanderbilt with 425 career tackles. His 152-tackle total in 1996 is the sixth highest single-season mark ever by a Commodore player.
After a dominating defensive effort in 1997, Duncan was named to virtually every All-America list, including the Football Writers Association, American Football Coaches Association and Associated Press.
One of Duncan's many highlights came during his junior season. Playing No. 1 ranked Florida in Vanderbilt Stadium, Duncan turned in a splendid effort in a near upset. In addition to returning a Florida fumble 31 yards for a touchdown, he was credited with 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops, and a pair of quarterback sacks.
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