Remembering Former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman on Veterans Day
SEATTLE- Patrick Daniel Tillman, a former defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals and Corporal in the United States Army died on April 22, 2004 at the age of 27. Tillman, born in San Jose California was a true hero both in his playing days at Arizona State University and with the Arizona Cardinals as well as his service to his country after the September 11th attacks in 2001.
After playing three years in the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman decided after the September 11th attacks to turn down a three-year contract from the Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army.
Tillman’s decision to serve his country, turning down his dream to play in the NFL still sends a loud and pressie message beyond the grave. He never showed any regret about his decision, serving his country, giving everything he had to protect his family and this nation.
While his death was another example of everything wrong with the Bush Administration, a cover up for several years wasn’t fair to Tillman, or his family. On March 19, 2007 the U.S Department of Defense concluded that an investigation by Brigadier General Gary M. Jones confirmed that Tillman’s death was caused by friendly fire, and not by enemy fire as first reported.
Now six years after his death we still remember Patrick “Pat” Daniel Tillman’s decision to turn down a longer career in the NFL to serve his country after the devastating attacks on September 11, 2001.
There have been contradicting reports about Tillman’s religious beliefs but at his funeral service several friends that knew Tillman well while he was stationed in Iraq said that he was religious and “a transcendentalist”.
Reports came out that he had read parts of the Bible, Qur’an as well as the Book of Mormon. While his brother said at the funeral “Pat isn’t with God. He’s fucking dead. He wasn’t religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but he’s fucking dead.”
Whether Tillman was religious or not his death still resonates today, and his ties to the State of Arizona are still remembered with his number at Arizona State retired (No.42) and his Arizona Cardinals number 40 also retired.
Pat Tillman was a veteran on and off the field as well as his service to this country.
*Tillman was awarded the Silver Star as well as the Purple Hart.
*Tillman promoted to Corporal after his death.
*Tillman served in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
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