Veterans Day Gallery: Athletes Who Served

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David Robinson

Photograph By Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

The Admiral. There's a reason they call him that. No, he never attained the rank of admiral, but the eventual basketball Hall of Famer was a standout at Navy, then served for two years as a civil engineering officer (lieutenant, junior grade) before resuming his hoops career with the San Antonio Spurs (who drafted him first overall, fully willing to wait).