Pat Tillman, NFL
After four seasons with the Cardinals from 1998 to 2001, Pat Tillman had every bearing of a star in the making, recording 247 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three interceptions at safety in 60 games. In June 2002, though, he decided to enlist in the United States Army. Even though Tillman had the chance to sign a three-year deal worth $3.6 million with Arizona, he opted to turn that down to fight for his country. Tillman served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was part of the Army Rangers before his death from friendly fire at the age of 27 on April 22, 2004. His memory lives on in the Pat Tillman Foundation, which was started by Tillman’s family and friends to provide academic scholarships, educational opportunities, and support to military veterans and their families.
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