Remembering Pat Tillman Ten Years Later
Hi, Arizona Cardinals fans! I just want to state that this coming Tuesday, April 22, 2014, will be exactly ten years since former Arizona Cardinal safety Pat Tillman sacrificed his pro football career, and later his life, to be a US Army Ranger. Pat not only served our country, but also left his family, and Cardinal teammates in the battle against terrorism. Pat was motivated to join the military in the aftermath of 9/11 and the World Trade Center, but in the end was a victim of friendly fire according to the US Army. Pat also personally demonstrated great courage, bravery, and sacrifice, after reportedly rejecting a $3.6 million dollar contract to remain as a player with the Cardinals.
Pat's statue shines prominently in the northwest corner of the University Of Phoenix Stadium, and his picture and inspiration is ever-present at the Cardinals training facilities at Tempe. He was also honored posthumously by the US Army with the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals. He is also honored at Sun Devil Stadium in Arizona State University, at Arlington National Cemetary, the Mike O' Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which links motorists on Highway 93 above the Colorado River in the Arizona-Nevada state border, and the Pat Tillman Foundation.
I personally still imagine the reception Pat Tillman would have received, had he came back alive, to his Cardinals teammates here in Arizona, and his family in the San Jose area after serving his time in the military. RIP Pat. You are forever an inspiration to Arizona Cardinals fans, the military, and the American people.