Pat Tillman and 10 Famous Athletes Who Served in the Military

Pat Tillman and 10 Famous Athletes Who Served Their Country

Former NFL Player Pat Tillman Killed In Afganinstan
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It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since Pat Tillman's tragic passing. A man who literally gave up millions to serve his country was unfairly taken from us too soon.

To honor his memory, here's a look at 10 more famous athletes who served in the military:

1. Willie Mays

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1. Willie Mays

2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend -  Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004

Mays had just broke into the majors when his name was called to serve his country in Korea. He was a member of the Army and ended up missing 266 games before resuming his baseball career.

2. Joe Louis

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2. Joe Louis

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Louis enlisted in the Army as a private and ended up boxing to entertain troops. He also acted as a recruiter for African Americans.

3. Ted Williams

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3. Ted Williams

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Williams served as pilot and flight instructor in WWII and ended up missing five total years of his MLB career.

4. David Robinson

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4. David Robinson

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You don't earn a nickname like 'The Admiral' without some military service. Robinson served in the Navy and finished out his two-year duty, even though the Spurs had selected him No. 1 overall in the 1987 draft.

5. Nolan Ryan

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5. Nolan Ryan

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Ryan was drafted back in 1966, which also happened to be his first season in the bigs. In total, he ended up doing a six-month term with the Army Reserves.

6. Ty Cobb

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6. Ty Cobb

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Cobb's illustrious MLB career was interrupted by stint in World War I back in 1918. He ended up receiving an honorable discharge after just a couple months due to exposure to mustard gas and returned to baseball shortly thereafter.

7. Joe DiMaggio

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7. Joe DiMaggio

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DiMaggio is an MLB hall-of-famer and was also a sergeant in the Air Force. He baseball career was interrupted for three years from 1942-1945.

8. Rocky Marciano

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8. Rocky Marciano

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Marciano was drafted into the Army in 1943 and actually discovered his love for boxing while in the military.

9. Jackie Robinson

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9. Jackie Robinson

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Robinson served in the US Army from 1942 to 1947, and was actually court-martialed in 1944 for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus.

10. Yogi Berra

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10. Yogi Berra

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Berra made his MLB debut just one year after being stationed near Normandy Beach on the day of the infamous invasion.


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