• Entertainment

Athletes Who Served in the Military

Athletes are often considered heroes for what they do on the field. However, it is what some athletes have done off the field that truly makes them heroes. Many of the athletes who served in the military on this list voluntarily left their sport to go serve and defend their country. Some left in the prime of their careers, while others turned down big money to do battle on a completely different field.

Many of the athletes who were soldiers on this list were also drafted into the military and were forced into service. But what may surprise you is that these athletes did not take the easy road out while serving their time. Ted Williams, who is arguably one of the best baseball players of all time, was a fighter pilot. Jackie Robinson was breaking down color barriers in the Army before doing so in professional baseball, and Yogi Berra was involved in the D-Day invasion.

One of the most famous stories involving an athlete in the military is Pat Tillman. Tillman famously turned down a $3.6 million NFL contract to defend his country and fight the war on terror. Read more about him and other athletes, all with different stories and backgrounds, who have served in the military.