I know Charles Barkley once scolded the public for viewing professional athletes as role models, but the biggest athletes are role models - for better or worse. The two athletes I grew up loving, have both admitted to immoral and/or illegal acts over the past number of years.
The point of this post is not to air "dirty laundry" by naming athletes and their mistakes (as everyone makes mistakes), but rather give some recognition to some stand-up, veteran, current professional athletes.
A few that come to mind: Peyton Manning, Bryan Westbrook, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Rapha Nadal, Roger Federer, and a bunch of Red Wings (especially Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom)
Anyone you'd like to recognize?