The Top 15 Pro Athletes Who Were Also War Heroes

Veteran’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the one day when the country stops to appreciate the efforts of courageous men and women, both past and present, who have been instrumental in protecting and defending our nation by serving in the armed forces. The world of sport is particularly tied to the service as dozens successful professional athletes from just about every sport have had to shelve their careers in service and defense of the nation.

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For some people November 11th means a day off work, and for others it doesn’t really resonate, but keep in mind without these brave men and women having been drafted or volunteered to serve, we might not have experienced some of the victories and freedoms that have come to define our nation. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it does mention some pro athletes who kicked butt in sports and were even bigger badasses on the battlefield.