Nick Reed Didn't Stick in NFL, but Fighter-Pilot Dream Is Within Reach

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Nick Reed Didn't Stick in NFL, but Fighter-Pilot Dream Is Within Reach
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A year ago, almost to the day, Nick Reed signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings that would have paid him $1.2 million and solidified his status as a professional football player. Instead, Tuesday morning Reed awoke before 4:30 a.m., made sure his room was fit for inspection, headed out to physical training and began what would be another exhausting 19-hour day that would trump the demands of any NFL training camp.

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