Ben Baskin | October 20, 2016
Harrison Smith steers an orange-striped Cessna Skyhawk II through a headwind gusting upward of 20 knots from the northwest. As the four-seat, single-engine plane rises—1,000 feet, then 2,000—and the people and the buildings below get farther and farther away, this is where Smith is most comfortable.
Aside from the football field, of course.
An hour earlier, after a reporter went looking for Smith and entered the wrong office at Flying Cloud regional airport in Eden Prairie, Minn., a nonplussed woman behind the counter shrugged and asked, “Harrison who? ... What team does he play for? I’ll see if my son knows him.”