"Over the years, I am very lucky that I didn't submerge into a form of depression, because football saved my life really. Once I came out of the military, I had football to fall upon, which took my
mind off those incidents."
-- Former goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar
, who credits soccer with keeping him alive after the experience of fighting in the Rhodesian Bush War in the 1970s.
He starred for the NASL's Vancouver Whitecaps before moving to Liverpool, where he won six First Division titles, three FA Cups and three League Cups and one European Cup. (BBC Sport