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Lessons learned on Navy football field still paying off

Updated: May 29, 2008, 1:33 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

MANAMA, Bahrain -- You would think commmanding submarines and rushing the passer don't have much in common, give or take a swim move. But the truth is that Cmdr. Kent Van Horn, the officer in charge of submarine operations for the U.S. Fifth Fleet stationed here, says the lessons learned during his career as a defensive lineman for Navy in the mid-1980s benefit him to this day.

"There's a mental toughness that you develop in sports," Van Horn said. "You do play after play. ...

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