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Pat Tillman and 20 Famous Athletes Who Served in the Military

Pat Tillman and 20 Famous Athletes Who Served Their Country

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It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since Pat Tillman's tragic passing. He's a man who literally gave up millions to serve his country, and he was unfairly taken from us too soon.

To honor his memory, here's a look at 20 more famous athletes who served in the military:

20. Willie Mays

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20. Willie Mays

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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.

19. Joe Louis

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19. 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.

18. Ted Williams

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18. 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.

17. David Robinson

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17. 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.

16. Nolan Ryan

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16. 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.

14. Joe DiMaggio

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14. 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.

13. Rocky Marciano

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13. 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.

12. Jackie Robinson

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12. 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.

11. Yogi Berra

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11. 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.

10. Tom Landry

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10. Tom Landry

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Landry was in the midst of his football career at Texas when he got the call to join the military. The iconic coach served in the Army Air Forces during WWII.

9. Roberto Clemente

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9. Roberto Clemente

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Clemente joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1959 and served until 1964, all while fulfilling his duties as an MLB player at the same time.

8. Roger Staubach

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8. Roger Staubach

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Staubach was a member of the Navy and had to do one tour of duty in Vietnam after he was drafted by the Cowboys in 1964. He obviously returned safely and went on to win two Super Bowls.

7. John Wooden

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7. John Wooden

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Wooden joined the Navy in 1942 shortly after the start of WWII. He worked his way up to lieutenant after three years and then returned to basketball as the head coach at Indiana State in 1946.

6. Ken Norton Sr.

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6. Ken Norton Sr.

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Norton served in the US Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967. His boxing career began in the miliary, as he won three All-Marine Heavyweight titles. He would go on to become world heavyweight champion, and even defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973.

5. Tom Seaver

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5. Tom Seaver

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Seaver joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1962 and served for a full year. He would go on to become a 12-time All-Star.

4. Bob Feller

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4. Bob Feller

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Feller was actually the first MLB player to volunteer for service after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. He spent four years in the military before returning to baseball.

3. Lee Trevino

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3. Lee Trevino

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Trevino enlisted in the US Marine Corps at just 17-years of age. He served four years and claims that his time spent golfing with officers earned him a promotion to lance corporal.

2. Leon Spinks

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2. Leon Spinks

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The famous boxer also spent time in US Marine Corps at a young age before emerging on the boxing scene in 1974.

1. Whitey Ford

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1. Whitey Ford

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Ford won AL Rookie of the Year in 1950, but his baseball career was interrupted shortly thereafter by a stint in the Army. Ford served two years in Korea before returning to baseball in 1953.