Friday, April 23, 2004

RIP Pat Tillman 

Pat Tillman, Army Ranger and former NFL safety, was killed in Afghanistan while fighing Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists.

Tillman believed in something higher than football stardom, and literally put his money where his mouth was. He passed up a three-year, $3.6 million contract to enlist, after he decided that it was the right thing to do. His brother, Kevin, a former minor league baseball player, did the same, and the brothers served in the same Ranger platoon in Afghanistan.

America, Pat Tillman was one of your finest. He was a gifted athlete, a scholar who graduated summa cum laude, and a dedicated citizen who decided that his physical and mental skills would be put to better use on the battlefield than on the football field. He died fighting against the people who attacked us on 9/11 and their supporters.

Pat Tillman could have stayed in Arizona to become a great football hero. Instead, he went to Afghanistan as a great American hero.
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