Athletes' Most Heroic Acts

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  • Pat Tillman killed in friendly fire, Pat Tillman 10-year anniversary, Arizona Cardinals, Sports heroes
  • Muhammad Ali Refuses to Army Induction
  • Billie Jean King
  • Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin Olympics Hitler
  • Kevin Durant Donates $1 Million to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief
  • Dikembe Mutombo Donates Nearly $15 Million to Help Build Hospital
  • Arthur Ashe Wimbledon
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jim Brown
  • Maurice Cheeks helps little girl finish national anthem

These Stars Are Heroes Well Beyond the Sports They Played

Today, April 22, marks the 10-year anniversary of NFL strong safety turned U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, being killed during what was later revealed as an errant friendly fire in Afghanistan. Tillman, who was 27 at the time, enlisted in the Army in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, walking away from a three-year, $3.6 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals. A true hero. In honor of Tillman, BET.com explores other acts of bravery by athletes outside the field of play. Salute to the heroes.

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