It’s that time of the year, the Super Bowl has finished and everything in America is great again! Did you catch the game? The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Los Angeles Rams a run for their money, that’s for sure but the City of Angels got the best of them in the end. I mean what a game from Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp right?

That’s it for the Super Bowl LVI. A lot of high-adrenaline plays with the big boys who can take a hit, that’s for sure. Hits on the field are quite dangerous, especially in high-intensity games, but there are some notable NFL players who actually took more than just a hit from a 300-pound linebacker. These football professionals went downrange with a rifle before they went down the field with a football.

Yup, these men are more than just footballers, some of them are heroes who served their country well. Here are some NFL military veterans that served America proudly and courageously off the football field.

Eddie “Littlest General” LeBaron

Eddie "Littlest General" LeBaron photographed in his NFL uniform (Canton Repository). Source:
Eddie “Littlest General” LeBaron photographed in his NFL uniform (Canton Repository). 

At 5-foot-7, Eddie LeBaron was a small player when compared to modern era football players, but don’t let his height fool you – LeBaron isn’t called Littlest General for nothing. The late college football Hall of Fame NFL military veteran was a quarterback who played for the Washington Redskins from 1952 to 1953 (and again from 1955 to 1959), Calgary Stampeders in 1954, and the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1963). Not only was he the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1952, but he also reached the Pro Bowl 4 times!