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10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes

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From Bleacherreport.com We talk a lot about sports heroes, but how many of them are actually heroes? To be sure, the very meaning of the word is drastically different on a day like Veteran's Day, which I suppose is why it's on our minds in the first place. Indeed, being a hero goes beyond performing physical feats. Every athlete does that. It's their business. It's the ones who are heroic away from their respective sport, the ones who sacrifice their time, money, and sometimes even personal well-being for the betterment of others, that are actually worthy of our admiration. Here are 10 sports heroes who actually deserve to be called heroes.
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    Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
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    A hero to society. A man that faced a lot of adversity because he did it his way.
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    Jessie Owens

    He proved to the world that a black man could compete with the white man. His performance at the 1936 Olympics is a historical moment in sports and in world history.
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    Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
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    Everybody knew that Ted Williams could hit, but did you know that he also served five years in the military service?
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    Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
    Photo: Baseball Collection
    A man that not only changed baseball, but he changed a culture.
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    Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
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    An African American tennis player that not only excelled at tennis, but also used his celebrity status to help with civil right causes.
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    Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
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    A key figure in the fight for women's equality during the 70s.
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    Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
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    A baseball player that left baseball in the offseason to pursue charity work for his native Puerto Rico. Ultimately, this charitable work claimed his life.
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    Pat Tillman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Sport Heroes Who Are Actually Heroes
    Photo: Cedward Brice
    Pat Tillman cut his football career short so he could enlist in the U.S. Army and fight in the War on Terror.
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