Let’s talk about Pat Tillman for a second. Pat would have celebrated his 37th birthday and I would be doing a disservice to America if I didn’t pay homage to the man.
Tillman was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 National Football League (NFL) draft. After a couple years of hard work and dedication, he earned his place as a starting player and ended up setting a new team record for total tackles in the 2000 season. Loyal to his team, Tillman turned down a lucrative contract with the St. Louis Rams to stay with the Cardinals in 2001.
Tillman left a promising football career in 2002 to join the US Armed Forces following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In an interview in 2002 Tillman stated, “Sports embodied many of the qualities I deem meaningful, however, these last few years, and especially after recent events, I’ve come to appreciate just how shallow and insignificant my role is . . . It’s no longer important.” Tillman enlisted with his younger brother, Kevin to become Army Rangers. They were in the second battalion of 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, WA. Tillman served in several tours of duty, including time in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as a stay in Afghanistan to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom.
On April 22nd 2004, Tillman was killed in action while in a canyon in Eastern Afghanistan. His death is still somewhat a mystery, but that doesn’t change the fact that he gave up not only millions of dollars, not to mention his ridiculous flow (see picture above), to fight for and defend this great country.
God Bless you and Happy Birthday Pat Tillman. You were a great American. One of the best.