Daily Archives: 04/24/2004

Former NFL Player Killed In Action

Pat Tillman, former safety for the Arizona Cardinals, was killed in Afghanistan. Tillman, an Army Ranger was killed in action on Thursday in southern Afghanistan.

After finishing out the 2001 football season, Tillman gave up his NFL career to join the Army in 2002, along with his younger brother. At the time, his decision to abandon his 3 year, $3.6 million contract was derided by teammate Simeon Rice, who told sports talk show host Jim Rome that Tillman really wasn’t that great of a player, and probably had watched too many Rambo movies. Yeah, whatever dude. He showed more character and resolve than any other NFL player. His decision set him apart from most professional athletes, and now he’s paid the ultimate price.

My condolences to his family and those that knew him.