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Beating the Odds

Capt. Sullenberger’s Withdrawal

In a town where Babe Ruth, Joe Namath and Willis Reed won championships, no one has ever performed with as much skill under pressure as Sully Sullenberger did three years ago today.

In command of an airliner disabled shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Sullenberger put the craft safely into the Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board. It was a peak performance to remember.

His comments afterward are a monument to the attitude and mental game that all coaches would love their players to take into practice.

“For 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience: education and training,” Sullenberger said. “And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”

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