Athletes With Military Backgrounds

It is tough enough to reach the top of the sports world. Many athletes have combined those pursuits with time spent serving their country. As a result, these sports stars who have a military background have garnered tremendous respect from the public and have become exemplary role models. They make popular choices as speakers and can discuss things like hard work, determination and leadership. 

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Alejandro Villanueva took the tough route to the NFL.  After a collegiate football career at Army, he served three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger.  The West Point graduate never forgot about h...

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Chad Hennings is a former defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Hennings attended the United States Air Force Academy where he started his collegiate football career as a tight end. In h...

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David Robinson is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.  Prior to his career in the NBA he was a cadet at the United States Naval Academy, which is where he earned hi...

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Lee Trevino has won 89 professional golf tournaments since turning pro in 1960. His wins include two US Open Championships in 1968 and 1971, two wins at The Open Championship in 1971 and 1972, and two...

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Leon Spinks won the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship in his eighth career professional fight with a knockout win over legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. He got his start in pro boxing in 1977 afte...

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Rocky Bleier is a former National Football League running back, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bleier won four Super Bowls in his career with the Steelers. Rocky was drafted in the 1968 NFL Draf...

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At the U.S. Naval Academy, Roger Staubach first saw action as a third-class midshipman (sophomore) at quarterback. He gained the starting role later that season for his first Army-Navy game and held o...

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Steve Holcomb, winner of a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver as the driver of the U.S. men’s bobsled team, is credited with earning the first gold medal in that event sinc...