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Looking for the next adrenalin rush

Updated: January 7, 2004, 3:16 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The elite athlete is everything we in the community of sports aspire to be: swift, strong, intelligent, confident.

Kevin Pendergast was all of those things.

He was the best high school soccer player in Connecticut and went on to become the Most Valuable Player of Notre Dame's soccer team. And then he walked onto the football team and his kicks helped the fabled Irish win the 1992 Sugar Bowl and the 1994 Cotton Bowl.

And yet, it wasn't enough.

In 1995, deep in gambling debt, ...

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