In 2002, Pat Tillman put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold and enlisted with the US Army. Following the attacks on September 11, Tillman opted to put his country before his career. Just two years later, in 2004, Tillman was tragically killed in a friendly fire incident in 2004 in Afghanistan.
Fifteen years after Tillman left the NFL, he continues to be honored for his heroism and dedication to his country. The Arizona State University Sun Devils recently unveiled “Brotherhood” alternate uniforms honoring their former star player and just last week, Tillman was honored at a Las Vegas auto show.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the biggest auto events in the world. Aftermarket mods are showcased on incredible one-of-a-kind vehicles, and this year, one of those vehicles honored Pat Tillman.
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As a rookie with the Cardinals, Tillman and some of his fellow players bought a 1968 Chevy Impala to use as a party car. Nearly 20 years later, that very same car was transformed by famed airbrush artist Mickey Harris into the ultimate Tillman tribute.
The Impala pays tribute to Tillman’s football career — both with ASU and the Cardinals — and his military service. Barret Jackson will auction off the car in 2019 with all proceeds going to the Pat Tillman Foundation.