Athletes are naturally sacrificial people. They use hours and hours of their time training and committing to something that is never guaranteed to give anything back. And though plenty of the sporting universe is self-serving, much of that sacrifice translates to a bigger picture. In team sports, it’s not all about the individuals. The people who understand that usually make up the best teams. 

Being a team player can come in many forms. Maybe it was sacrificing literal physical well-being, maybe it was signing a cheaper contract to bring on other players, or maybe it was something as simple as accepting a different role on the squad. One way or another, these following athletes put their teams ahead of themselves.