Today, we honor the Veterans. We honor the brothers and sisters who have gone out to defend our country. We honor the mothers and fathers who have missed countless birthdays and holidays because they were deployed. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to the generations of my family that have served. Thank you to my brothers and sisters that I served with aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Serving in the military is no easy feat. While some athletes in the past have served through a draft, others have turned down lucrative contracts in order to put their life in harm’s way. Here are some professional athletes who traded in their cleats for a pair of government issued boots.