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That's Dick "Night Train" Lane. He got his nickname because he was afraid to fly and instead took trains to games.

 

EDIT: Apparently this is false. His nickname came from a song of the same name, given by a teammate.

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It was with a coach. John Madden would not fly. The Raiders always took a train or a bus.

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Not sure.  I'm sure they would likely get you counseling or Valium today to deal with it.  

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Beat to the punch, but most of these dudes are having this as more of a college problem already either weeded out or the problem was solved by the the time they get to the pros.

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I read a story (or maybe heard on the radio) that when Kiko was on the Bills, he was so nervous of flying that they let him sit in the jump seat in the cockpit and the pilots would tell him everything they were doing...Seriously. 

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20 minutes ago, Don Beebe said:

It was with a coach. John Madden would not fly. The Raiders always took a train or a bus.

 

Madden flew back then. He stopped flying after he retired from coaching.

 

 

16 minutes ago, HansLanda said:

I read a story (or maybe heard on the radio) that when Kiko was on the Bills, he was so nervous of flying that they let him sit in the jump seat in the cockpit and the pilots would tell him everything they were doing...Seriously. 

 

ESPN obtained actual footage of his first flight. For some reason, the pilot thought his name was Joey. But at least he didn't call him Shirley.

 

 

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So funny you started this thread today I was just thinking getting close to retirement my wife wants to do a lot of traveling going to be an issue because I am terrified of flying. Have not been on a plane for over 25 years.

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20 minutes ago, RyanC883 said:

Not sure.  I'm sure they would likely get you counseling or Valium today to deal with it.  

Yeah, plus most players are hopped up on pain killers so they’re all set. 

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22 minutes ago, RyanC883 said:

Not sure.  I'm sure they would likely get you counseling or Valium today to deal with it.  

 

Yeah, that's ironic.

 

I know a lot of people in recovery that don't fly BEACAUSE of benzo poisoning.  

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Fear of Flying = Fear of Dying.  It is impossible to function with that type of hyperbole anxiety, in everyday life. 

 

The problem lies deeper within the person and usually comes with a ton of baggage. 

 

Not a recommended or positive personality trait. 

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The bigger issue in my mind is, "What if their emotional support animal doesn't like to fly?"    

 

What do you do then?...

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34 minutes ago, RyanC883 said:

Not sure.  I'm sure they would likely get you counseling or Valium today to deal with it.  

 

"Strap me in, tie me down, and roll me a bone.

I'm gettin' on an airplane and I'm flying home."

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Lurker said:

The bigger issue in my mind is, "What if their emotional support animal doesn't like to fly?"    

 

What do you do then?...

Put the Pony in the cargo hold?

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15 minutes ago, ALLEN1QB said:

So funny you started this thread today I was just thinking getting close to retirement my wife wants to do a lot of traveling going to be an issue because I am terrified of flying. Have not been on a plane for over 25 years.

 

look into trains. 1st class cross country travel.

It's cheaper and more comfortable. The only downside is travel time, which you have a lot to spare in retirement.

 

 

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Back in the day, I ran a big technical shop....and, we had one guy who would not fly.  He was limited in what he could do for us....and, we added a question to our employment applications because of our experience with him  Do you have any objection to flying on business?  A yes answer would throw out the application after that, as that applicant did not meet the requirements of the job.  (We sent the one guy to Arizona one time from Buffalo, he took the Bus and it took him almost a week to get there)  So, NFL players must fly, or, imho never get a job in the NFL.

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It took my 10 years to feel comfortable on a plane again.

 

I flew into Buffalo the same night as the plane crash back in I think 2009?

I arrived an hour before the flight that crashed was supposed to.  I had two options into Buffalo that night...I thank God I chose the right one.  That really messed with my brain for a long time.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, bigK14094 said:

Back in the day, I ran a big technical shop....and, we had one guy who would not fly.  He was limited in what he could do for us....and, we added a question to our employment applications because of our experience with him  Do you have any objection to flying on business?  A yes answer would throw out the application after that, as that applicant did not meet the requirements of the job.  (We sent the one guy to Arizona one time from Buffalo, he took the Bus and it took him almost a week to get there)  So, NFL players must fly, or, imho never get a job in the NFL.

 

I can't imagine a week long bus trip from Buffalo to Arizona would be very pleasant... 

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1 hour ago, MJS said:

That's Dick "Night Train" Lane. He got his nickname because he was afraid to fly and instead took trains to games.

 

EDIT: Apparently this is false. His nickname came from a song of the same name, given by a teammate.

 

always enjoyed the way he tackled, the clips starting at 26 seconds are among my all-time favourites, when they hit like men..... :D

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, TheFunPolice said:

 

I can't imagine a week long bus trip from Buffalo to Arizona would be very pleasant... 

I took a Bus from Buffalo to San Diego when I young for the experience. I would not recommend it. Long and grueling and full of characters. Who do you meet on a bus? Escaped mental patients, the indigent, the haunted!

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13 minutes ago, Rocket94 said:

I took a Bus from Buffalo to San Diego when I young for the experience. I would not recommend it. Long and grueling and full of characters. Who do you meet on a bus? Escaped mental patients, the indigent, the haunted!

 

meet all kinds of cool people

 

what decade was this?

 

 

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