An NFL player who walked away from a $3.6 million contract in the prime of his career to become an Army Ranger was killed in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.
Pat Tillman, 27, a former defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, died last night at 7:30 local time in a firefight with militia forces in the village of Sperah, about 25 miles southwest of a U.S. military base at Khost.
Former Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis said he felt both overwhelming sorrow and tremendous pride in Tillman, who “represented all that was good in sports.”
“Pat knew his purpose in life,” McGinnis said. “He proudly walked away from a career in football to a greater calling.”
Several of Tillman’s friends have said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks influenced his decision to enlist.
Folks, Tillman’s decision to serve his country rather than himself is the most noble action I have ever seen a celebrity undertake. The effete leftist snobs in Hollywood should only hope to be able to live up to Pat Tillman. Perhaps this will shame some of them into doing something righteous and moral, for a change.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Pat Hillman’s widow, Marie, and to his entire family.
Thank you, Pat Tillman, for defending our country.