Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Gophers plan tribute to hometown 9/11 hero

Posted by: Phil Miller under College football Updated: September 7, 2011 - 5:15 PM

     Rick Reilly has a poignant column on ESPN.com about Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. In it, he describes the heroism of Tom Burnett, the Bloomington native who quarterbacked at Jefferson High and Saint John's University. Burnett was one of several passengers onboard that United flight who overpowered hijackers and foiled their plot.
     The Gophers are planning a tribute to Burnett, who finished his degree at the university's Carlson School of Management, at Saturday's football game against New Mexico State. Members of Burnett's family will attend and be honored on the field before the game.
 

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