Etan Thomas

Sport: NBA
Years: 2001-2011
A defensive-minded power forward out of Syracuse, Thomas enjoyed a largely unspectacular 10-year career in the NBA. But off the court he proved he was more than an athlete by, among other things, publishing a book of poetry called More Than an Athlete. He's also an outspoken peace activist who lent his name to various anti-war causes in the mid-2000s, and campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008.