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Lilian Thuram's off-the-pitch courage

Originally Published: February 26, 2009
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

If you are a soccer fan, you know that Pele called Lilian Thuram one of the 125 greatest soccer players of all time. Thuram, who turned 37 this January, led the 1998 French team to the World Cup and appeared in 16 European championships, retiring in 2008 after a heart problem was discovered. He recently was selected as a member of the federal council of the French Football Federation.

He is a giant in the world's most popular sport.

But that is not why I am writing about him. I'm ...

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