Friday, April 23, 2004
American Hero, R.I.P.
After 9-11-01, Arizona Cardinal safety Pat Tillman turned his back on his $3.5M salary and enlisted in the Army. He said he wanted to be treated as just another soldier and turned down requests for media coverage of his enlistment and training. He also said he wanted to be an example for others. He went through basic training and was deployed as a Ranger, first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. He and his brother Kevin were awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for athletes whose contributions to society transcend sports. Today, Tillman was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. The US has lost a good man.