Bobby Orr always earned superlatives as a hockey player. As a fan the Montreal Canadiens I favored a different #4, but begrudgingly came to respect Boston’s Orr.

By a clear margin he was the best I ever saw play the game.

However, my respect for Bobby Orr the player has turned to unbridled admiration for Bobby Orr the man.

As this Boston Globe story explains:

Bobby Orr has privately counseled and comforted the sick, dying, poor, and grieving for decades, among innumerable other acts of kindness.His work is little known for one simple reason: He refuses to talk about it.