Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 10:34 a.m. MST

Many Utah sports legends have demonstrated their heroism beyond the court or field, whether it be in the arena of the arts, corporate giving, organ donation or support for those diagnosed with cancer.

Some have appeared in TV shows, or promoted themselves on the tube, and some have made it to the big screen. But the true heroes have reached beyond the media attention and proven that following a passion in philanthropy can be just as rewarding as athletic competition, often making a big difference in someone's life. While the actual sport has been the major factor for some, more often it has come after a main career gives way to a different mission in life.

Check out the following list of athletes, coaches and sports business owners who have figured prominently as forces for good in their communities.

Rhett Wilkinson attends Utah State University and is the co-founder of Aggie BluePrint, USU's first student magazine. He can be reached at rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu or on Twitter: @wilklogan

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Salt Lake City, UT

"Heroes"? Maybe. Let's just call them really good people who are worthy to emulate. My definition of "hero" is pretty exclusive...maybe 3 or 4 in the entire world and maybe 7-8 of all-time.

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

Where does all the Bologna go?
In the Hero sandwich.

I only agree with Larry Miller, he made a difference.

Like USAlover said, their really good people.

Bountiful, UT

Steve Young is from the great state of Connecticut. Hands off!

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

I obviously am a hardcore Utah Utes fan, but I have great respect for Dave Rose's off court accomplishments. He is a coach that all Cougar fans should be very proud to have.

Chandler, AZ

I agree with USAlover. These people are doing good things with their resources but when compared with single parents, our people in the military, good honest God fearing people who do the right thing every day...I wouldn't consider them heroes.

Logan, UT

The article emphasizes sports figure who can be looked up to and emulated. This is opposed to people thinking the likes of Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, O.J., etc. are our examples. Just because someone can ride a bike, hit a ball, run fast, etc. does not mean their lives should be emulated. Each one of the eight are mentioned because of contributions outside of f their athletic endeavors.

West Jordan, Ut

It is noteworthy when people of wealth use that wealth to benefit others rather than pure self indulgence. But there are lots of people who are not in the limelight because of athletic ability or wealth who use their meager means, time, effort, etc. to serve others and are just as much worthy of admiration and emulation.

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