4th of July’s Best: Athletes Who Have Served

To steal a quote from the 1993 film The Sandlot: Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

From the turf, to the ice, to the ring, the word ‘hero’ gets thrown around too often when referring to athletes.  Sure, they’re often quality role models that children can look up to, but let’s face it, they’re still just getting paid to participate in a sport they love.  They’re not necessarily legends.

But a select few have earned that title over the years – athletes that have competed at the highest professional level and served to protect this great nation’s freedoms.  With the Fourth of July on Friday, we thought we’d take a look at some of the athletes who not only provided some of sports’ greatest moments, but also proudly served our country.  Some might come as a surprise.

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Ed Miller is a contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @PhillyEdMiller or “like” CraveOnline Sports on Facebook.

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