Professional sports has given many of us our childhood heroes. Men and women who have inspired us by their stellar athletic ability and contributions to their respective sports.
But there are a handful of athletes who are not only heroes in the world of sports, but also true American heroes. People who chose to risk their lives, and in some cases, make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.
On this Veterans Day weekend, as we honor all those brave men and women who served our country during both wartime and peace, here's a look at some of the most prolific athletes who gave their all not only on the field of play, but also on the field of battle.