Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes

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

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Eaton’s 12-year NBA career — exclusively with the Utah Jazz — saw him earn all-star recognition and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. After his career ended, the 7-foot-4 Park City resident founded the Mark Eaton Standing Tall for Youth organization, which provides sports and outdoor activities for at-risk children in Utah.

Eaton is currently a motivational speaker.

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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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