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Professional Athletes & Veterans

Starting with Veterans Day 2015, we are recognizing NFL and MLB players, managers and coaches who served in the military with a poppy on their page recognizing their service. We expect to add NHL and NBA alumni next year and apologize that we ran out of time to compile a suitable list of veterans from those two sports. We will correct this omission next year.

We chose the poppy as it is already a symbol in wide use worldwide to recognize those who served.

We regret any omissions or errors in our list of veterans and should you believe we have made an error please send us a note regarding the error with any corroboration you can provide.

Also, in compiling these lists we need to thank both the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) for their researchers who have done amazing work tracking down thousands of players who served. If you love baseball or football you should strongly consider joining their organizations. I'm a member of both.

Thank you,
Sean Forman
Sports Reference