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All it takes is $50 and a dream

At 29 years of age, Ted Kluck is taking one last shot at playing professional football. First up? The tryout.

Updated: December 14, 2005, 4:25 PM ET
By Ted Kluck | Special to Page 2

"I'm just trying to capture the spirit of the thing." -- the great sportswriter Dickie Dunn, in "Slap Shot"

At least that's what I told myself, and what I told my wife when she reminded me that it's not my body that's the commodity, but my mind. And while Dunn was a little pathetic for trying to buddy up to the athletes, at least he wasn't trying to be one.

I am 29 years old, and a long time ago I identified myself as a football player. In retrospect, there is a lot wrong with that ...

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