33. Jesse Ventura
Technically, Ventura wasn’t an athlete in the purest sense of the word. However, as a professional wrestler, he was in supreme physical condition and trained rigorously throughout his athletic career. Ventura enjoyed a colorful life in sports entertainment and later, as a politician with the Reform Party. Meanwhile, he also served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.
Ventura had six years in the Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. While he never saw combat, he did engage in active service as a member of a Navy demolitions team. During the conflict, these teams surveyed Vietnamese borders and also cleared waterways in support of other military missions. In short, this was a crucial role even if it wasn’t very glamorous.