Professional Athletes Who Are Real-Life Heroes

Athletes are heroes to many people for their physical abilities and athletic skills. But sometimes athletes become heroes for entirely different reasons. These athletes stepped up in moments of peril for the sake of saving a stranger’s life — even at the risk of their own. One NFL player was not so lucky to come out of his rescue mission alive.

Bennett’s Fourth Reception Saves The Day


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In a 2012 match against the Green Bay Packers, former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett made three catches to edge the Giants to victory. But it was his fourth reception that night that made headlines. After the game, Bennett noticed a fan above the tunnel to the locker room. The fan fell over the 15-foot high railing when a kid unexpectedly ducked in front of him.

Bennet told USA Today, “I caught him, I saved his life. I tapped into my inner superhero, which I do have. I’m usually a ninja, but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life.”