There is a difference between a “star” and a hero. Titan QB Vince Young said at the funeral for Steve McNair that the former Titan QB was a hero to him. Vince, McNair was no hero.
Let me tell you about a real hero. Capt. William C. Smith was on Omaha Red beech 2 hours before the invasion of the Allies on D-Day. He won a Bronze Star with V for valor. He called fire from the battle ships and destroyers against the impenetrable Hitler defenses. For two hours it was just him and around 150,000 well armed and really irritated Germans. I know that fact because he is my father. Vince, THAT is a hero.
The men and women that risk their lives every hour of every day fighting terrorism are heroes and should be acknowledged as such. They all volunteered to go to war to fight so that we could have the freedoms we enjoy. They are real heroes.
The Police and Fire fighters that risk their lives every day to protect all of us are heroes. My brother in law Bill Balentyne has saved a half a dozen people’s lives as an EMT medic. He is a hero.
We all to often attribute the word hero to our sports stars. But that word should never be used about a player. It should be reserved for those that have really earned it. We can enjoy and honor our sports stars but let’s never forget that we have real heroes to honor with the word.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .