A bodyguard's job description is pretty straightforward—protect your client from outside threats like assault, kidnapping or assassination at all costs. The world's most elite bodyguards provide security for our most important political leaders, public figures and celebrities. Sometimes they succeed at their job, sacrificing their own lives or bodies to do so, but sometimes they fail miserably.
Professional athletes, with their requisite physical prowess and mental toughness, seem the ideal fit for an elite security detail. Not that any pro athlete is looking for an offseason job to make ends meet (like they did back in the day), but with more and more of our on-field heroes ending up penniless in retirement despite earning millions during the course of their playing careers, a life after sports as a bodyguard isn't too far from reality.
Here is Bleacher Report's list of athletes you'd want as your bodyguard, starting with two honorable mentions that are probably a bit past their prime to be running a security detail.