Unexpected Heroes

Cody - ada, Michigan
Entered on March 6, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: courage
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I believe a hero does not have to wear a mask and cape, or fight crime. They do not have to run in a flaming building to save lives. A hero is someone that does something brave that most people would not do because it does not benefit them directly. An example could be someone who runs or walks in the relay for life. Or who donates money to relay for life, they are definitely heroes to people that they impact. Their can be a lot of different types of heroes; it does not always have to be superman or batman.

Someone who is a hero to me is Pat Tillman. For those of you who do not know who he is, he played strong safety for the Arizona Cardinals. He was also an Army Ranger. He turned down a 3.6 million dollar football contract and went to war to fight for our country. This is very heroic act that he did. He was killed at war in Afghanistan. He gave up playing in front of 70,000 fans, and making the big bucks, to go and fight for our country. He is a very loyal person and player, he was offered a 9 million dollar contract by the St. Louis Rams and turned it down, because he was loyal to the team that had taken him, the Arizona Cardinals. He was an all-pro NFL player, despite it all he left that life to fight for his country, which is why he is one of my heroes that I look up to. I also look up to his brother Kevin, he had a shot to play professional baseball and he gave that up with his brother Pat to join the army, and become an army ranger also. Unlike his brother, Pat Tillman, Kevin came back alive. This was a very heroic act, leaving everything he knows to join the army and fight for his country. He did not know if he would come back alive or not, but he did it anyway.

You do not always have to be the “muscle” to be a hero. To be a hero you do not have to jump in front of a car pushing someone out of the way before the semi- truck runs them over. Those people may be heroes, but you do not have to just do those things to be heroic. Everyone has the chance to be heroic in their life; it just depends on if you care enough to think about someone else besides your self. From donating blood to standing up for someone who is being picked on, you are being heroic and are doing a heroic act.