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Friday, April 23, 2004

What kind of person walks away from millions of dollars doing something he has done his entire life, and decides to enter a combat zone, for little glory, even less pay? Pat Tillman was that kind of person.

I was saddened to read today about his death in combat in Afghanistan. Tillman was reportedly affected deeply by the events of September 11th. I can understand that, especially from a loyal, passionate person like Tillman was. I recall his playing days with the Arizona State Sun Devils, when Jake Plummer was leading them to the PAC-10 title. Tillman was fierce, hard-nosed, and stood out on the defensive side of the ball.

Today, the football world is saddened by his loss. This man was something of an anomaly today. Athletes are pampered, and made to feel self-important. Such things meant nothing to Tillman. If my son is to grow up to emulate any one sports hero, I hope that it is someone like Pat Tillman.


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