One of the greatest things about sports is how it can bring people together and provide a sense of community. Never is this more beneficial than after an unfortunate sports tragedy takes place. When athletes overcome heartbreak and adversity by pulling off some of the most memorable sports performances after tragedies, it often puts them in the conversation with some of the greatest athletes of all time.
This list features some truly inspiring and remarkable feats by some of the absolute greatest teams and individual athletes the world has ever seen. From Brett Favre, Martin St. Louis and Isaiah Thomas overcoming deaths in the family on short notice, to the 2013 Boston Red Sox rallying around the city and fan base following the Boston Marathon bombing, this list is full of tear-jerkers and heroic feats of all kinds.
Read on through this list to find out who stepped up and inspired millions of fans, producing some of the greatest sports performances after tragedy that will live on long after their retirements.