Our President retweeted this tweet! Pat Tillman is a TRUE HERO that gave his life for his country! If you want to buy a jersey, his is the one to buy!
Not sure how many folks know the story about Pat Tillman. He was a star linebacker for Arizona State University. He was drafted by his hometown team, Arizona Cardinals, who played in the same stadium as his college at the time. He was a ferocious player on the Arizona Cardinals. He had recently signed a multi year contract paying him nearly $4 million dollars a year.
He walked away from all of it to fulfill his duty to his country after 9/11. He was killed in Afghanistan 🇦🇫 by friendly fire.
From the article linked above:
A bronze likeness of perhaps the greatest Sun Devil in school history now adorns the north end of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.
“Pat spent his whole life trying to be the best person he could possibly be,” Tillman’s brother, Kevin, said before the drape was dropped. “He didn’t focus on money, he didn’t focus on fame, he didn’t focus on a pretty statue. It was, ‘How can I make myself a better person in all these different facets of my life?’ And ASU gave him an opportunity to do that.”
Tillman played at Arizona State from 1994-97 and went on to play for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals before walking away from a multi-million dollar contract to serve his country in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Tillman became an Army Ranger in 2003 and served until he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.
In addition to the images, Graham said the football team will start a new tradition of touching the statue as they charge onto the football field, according to ASU Now.
“I want to challenge our players with this,” he said. “If you come out and touch that statue, you need to pour everything you have onto the field and play with passion because that’s what his life was about — having a passion for what you’re doing.”