Veterans Day: Thank a Veteran This Weekend (Plus a List of Notable Athletes Who Have Served)

Some things are more important than sports.

With Veterans Day coming up on Sunday, it’s important for all of us, as citizens of the United States of America, to take the time to remember those who have served, are currently serving, and those who have lost their lives fighting for the very freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis.

Former professional football player Pat Tillman was tragically killed in the line of duty.

It’s essential to remember that the reason America is so great is because of the men and women who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way in an effort to keep our country free. They allow us, as constituents of this great nation, to continue to live the lives we have become accustomed to living.

Because of the efforts of servicemen and women, ordinary, everyday Americans like ourselves have the opportunity to pursue our dreams and accomplish our goals in our strive to live the “American dream.”

We must never forget those who have fought for our country and defended our country. No matter if the term of service was six months, six years or six decades. No matter if it was in 1776 or 2012, or anytime in between. It’s because of these brave men and women that we at Midwest Sports Fans can write about whatever we so choose…and the reason you get to read these posts, as well.

This weekend, do me a favor, do yourself a favor, and do your country a favor: thank a serviceman or woman for their duties to this country. Whether it be your son or daughter, or a complete stranger you meet in an airport, don’t be afraid to praise them with the gratitude they deserve.

This isn’t one of the most commercialized holidays in our country, but it certainly should be celebrated as such.

On behalf of everyone at MSF, I want to thank everyone who has served in our armed forces and has allowed me, and other writers at this blog to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that you have because of your loyalty to country and dedication to serve.

*Notable professional athletes who have served in the military

It should be noted that this list is not a “countdown list” or a “best of…” list. Rather, a few recognizable sports figures among several thousand who have helped their home team, outside of their sports uniform.

MLB                               NFL                               NBA                                    Others

Yogi Berra                        Rocky Bleier                  David Robinson                   Mike Krzyzewski

Joe Dimaggio                   Pat Tillman                    Bill Bradley                           John Wooden

Bob Feller                         Roger Staubach             Tim James                             Lee Trevino

Ted Williams                    Chuck Bednarik             Connie Norman                   Bobby Jones

Jackie Robinson              Tom Landry                     Mike Silliman                      Shauna Rohbock

Tom Seaver                       George Halas                                                                   Joe Louis

Nolan Ryan                       Wellington Mara

Ty Cobb                              Ahmard Hall

Willie Mays                        Bob Kalsu



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