Many people accuse athletes of being overpaid millionaires; however, not every star plays for the love of money. Against all odds and to the surprise of many sports betting aficionados, these stories have come to touch and surprise us all. Here’s a list of the most inspiring moments in sports history that will make you rethink your attitude on athletes.
1. Pat Tillman Gives Up NFL Career for Life in the Military:
Ask anyone if the world if they would turn down a $3.6 Million contract to play in the NFL and 99% will say “no.” Luckily, there are people like Pat Tillman willing to give up a professional sports career for the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. In May 2002, Tillman opted to pass on a million dollar deal to join the Army. Ultimately, Tillman gave the greatest sacrifice when he was killed by friendly fire.
2. Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in Baseball:
After tearing apart the record books in the Negro League, Jackie Robinson was the first black player to break the color barrier in professional baseball on April 15, 1947 while playing for the Dodgers. Not only did Robinson pave the way for future African Americans to play pro ball, but also he had a Hall of Fame career for his performance on the field.
3. The Miracle on Ice:
On February 22, 1980 the US Olympic Hockey team defied the odds when they defeated the all-mighty and powerful Soviet team 4-3 after rallying from a 3-2 deficit at the start of the 3rd period. At the start of the games, the US team was never expected to compete for a medal; however, after defeating the Soviets the Americans beat Finland in the Championship game to take home the gold.
4. Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock:
On October 19, 2004 Curt Schilling willed the Boston Red Sox to victory with an ankle injury that soaked his sock in blood. The next night, the Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to win a series after trailing 3 games to 0. During the World Series, Schilling won Game 2 despite having a torn tendon in his ankle. Ultimately, the Sox swept the series to end the Curse of the Bambino and win their first World Series in 86 years.
5. Auburn Stuns Alabama on November 30, 2013:
The only thing standing between Alabama playing for their unprecedented 3rd straight National Championship on November 30, 2013 were the Auburn Tigers. In a game that came down to the final play, the Auburn Tigers stunned college football and the Crimson Tide with a missed-field goal attempt returned more than 100 yards for a 34-28 victory with no time remaining. The game propelled Auburn to the National Championship game and left the Crimson Tide having to settle for the Sugar Bowl.
6. Lou Gehrig’s Goodbye Speech:
Given that Gehrig played every single game of his 13-year career for a grand total of 2130 straight games, no one expected that he would succumb to a debilitating illness. Gehrig’s speech in front of a crowd of nearly 100,000 people has gone on to symbolize the importance of living life to the fullest and enjoying every single moment that you have. Watch Gehrig’s farewell speech at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbNrCxqxzgo.