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Pilots and athletes: the 'adventure' factor

A sense of adventure and a dose of self-confidence make piloting a natural for athletes such as Cory Lidle.

Originally Published: October 12, 2006
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

Had he played a different game, Cory Lidle might not have been in the plane that crashed into a high-rise in New York City on Wednesday. In some professional sports, athletes are barred from being pilots. The NBA's uniform player contract, for example, expressly forbids "operating an aircraft."

But in other sports, by contrast, athletes routinely double as pilots. Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle all fly themselves around the Nextel Cup circuit.

In either event, the very ...

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