Forget Jordan, Sully Is A Real Hero

By: Brian Meador
By: Brian Meador

US Airways pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger is the kind of hero we should all look up to.

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.

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  • by Dina Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    where can you get Brian Meador Posters? i'll take 20
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:16 PM
    I'd like to see "Sully" try to dunk a basketball!!! Kidding! He is a hero and Brian... I had a poster of Jordan on my wall too. Admiration for an athlete is good and okay. Keep heroes and athletes seperate.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 22, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    Brian Meador, Welcome to adulthood. I am ecstatic you have come to this realization. I am not saying this in sarcasm. I agree 100%. I have never thought of a sports figure as a hero of any description, and I have taught my children to admire their ability, but they are in no way heroes. Capt. Sullenberger is. Good post Brian. Kudos to you.
  • by Fan on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Meador you are my hero.
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