Power Rankings: Sports' Military Veterans

Willie Mays
Served two years in the Army during the Korean War. Willie Mays is arguably the best centerfielder in the history of the game and a total class act. Power and athleticism that is not found anymore, a one of a kind.
Roger Staubach
Served the Navy on a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Much respect.
David Robinson
Served two years of duty in the Navy. Two-time gold medalist, two-time NBA champion. Robinson averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds in just his ROOKIE season!
Yogi Berra
Served the Navy during World War II during the D-Day invasion. What can you say about a player and veteran with 10 championship rings with the Yankees, and he caught the perfect game in the ‘56 World Series? HEY, YOGI!!!!!
Nolan Ryan
Served in the Army Reserve for six months in 1967, two years after being drafted by the New York Mets. Ryan retired from baseball in 1993 at age 46, having the most strikeouts and no-hitters in baseball history. And he could still probably either pitch or serve in the Army if called upon.
Tom Seaver
Served in the Marine Corps Reserve for six months before attending college. A Hall of Fame pitcher, Seaver helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series and almost returned in a trade to the Mets during the 1986 season, instead being traded to the team the Mets beat in the ’86 World Series, the Boston Red Sox.
Chuck Bednarik
Served in the Army Air Forces for five years after he graduated high school. Bednarik was selected to eight NFL Pro Bowls and now has a college defensive award named after him. That’s kind of a big deal.
Rocky Bleier
Served in the Army after his rookie NFL season. Bleier was injured in Vietnam and told he would never play football again. Bleier rehabbed and returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers starting lineup, eventually helping the team win four Super Bowls.
Kevin Greene
Served as a captain during a 16-year career in the Army Reserve. Greene was a five-time Pro Bowler and currently serves as the outside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers. And if NFL Films ever organizes a Sound Bite Hall of Fame, Greene will be a first-ballot inductee.
Mike Anderson
Served in the Marine Corps for four years after graduating high school. Was fun to watch in that famous Mike Shanahan running scheme in Denver after he spent four years as a Marine.

The Power Rankings are compiled by MyBriefs staff writers Franklin Lee, Brandon Meyers, Ankur Varma and Christopher Wilson and are sponsored by Panda Express.


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