When I was a kid, I had a poster of Michael Jordan on my wall. That guy was a hero to me. So was Roger Staubach. So was Kirk Gibson.
In the world of sports, we often see firsthand how athletes impact the lives of their fans especially the youth. I've grown to fall short of calling athletes "heroes" just for their accomplishments on a field or court. A hero is someone who, in the face of danger or adversity, displays courage and the will for self sacrifice for some greater good.
US Airways pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger should have his picture beside the word "hero" in the dictionary. Sullenberger not only made the terrifying decision to crash-land a commercial airline into the Hudson River, but also performed that incredibly difficult feat to perfection. Not one passenger was lost. Only one suffered broken bones. He rose to the occasion and saved 155 lives.
Sully doesn't sell Nike's or soft drinks. He doesn't dunk a basketball, hit home runs, or catch touchdowns. He's just an airline pilot.
I'll tell you something, every kid who had a loved one on that flight should have a poster of Sully on their wall. That guy's a real hero.