I always heard the story of Pat Tillman, but I never went in depth and did research on this American hero. So, on the 12 anniversary of his death, I thought it would be good for our readers to know this story if they do not already.
Pat Tillman was a safety who went to Arizona State, and later played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1998 to 2001. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Tillman left the NFL, and enlisted in the United States Army. He was a member of the initial invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Tillman then joined the special forces as an Army Ranger, and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He died in Afghanistan after engaging with enemy forces in an apparent ambush, where he was shot and killed by friendly fire. Posthumously, Tillman received the Silver Star and Purple Heart, two of the highest medals one can receive.
I do not think that you will find a more selfless and heroic individual than Tillman. He had it all, but left it to defend his country and knew the ramifications for paying the ultimate price. If there were more people like Tillamn in this world, it would be a better place.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Tillman.