He Turned Down the NFL to be an Army Ranger.....

  1. SEATTLE -- Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after walking away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army Rangers.



    Tillman played safety for the Arizona Cardinals, but gave up a $3.6 million dollar contract to join the U.S. Army Rangers with his brother after 9/11.

    Tillman, who was based at Fort Lewis, was 27. He died in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan.

    Friends, family, and colleagues -- many here in Western Washington -- are mourning the death of a man they call a true American hero.

    University of Washington defensive coordinator Phil Snow was Pat Tillman's defensive coordinator during his career at Arizona State University.

    Snow said he feared something bad would happen to the player who gave up a sports career to join the army.

    Snow calls him a "man's man" who was always straightforward.

    Snow last saw Tillman in June when Tillman was stationed at Fort Lewis and visited Seattle for a day.

    The Seahawks also have a tie to Tillman. General manager Bob Ferguson was general manager for the Arizona Cardinals when the safety was drafted.

    Ferguson calls Tillman a "modern day" hero, but just one of the people who have sacrificed their lives for others.

    Tillman, who sought no media attention when he enlisted in the Army, was assigned to a ranger's unit at Fort Lewis.

    His wife lives in University Place. Friday, she was being comforted by family and others, who expressed their sympathy.

    from: www.kirotv.com News Section.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   camay1221_RN
    How many other professional athletes would ever do anything as selfless as what this man did?!?



    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    SEATTLE -- Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after walking away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army Rangers.



    Tillman played safety for the Arizona Cardinals, but gave up a $3.6 million dollar contract to join the U.S. Army Rangers with his brother after 9/11.

    Tillman, who was based at Fort Lewis, was 27. He died in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan.

    Friends, family, and colleagues -- many here in Western Washington -- are mourning the death of a man they call a true American hero.

    University of Washington defensive coordinator Phil Snow was Pat Tillman's defensive coordinator during his career at Arizona State University.

    Snow said he feared something bad would happen to the player who gave up a sports career to join the army.

    Snow calls him a "man's man" who was always straightforward.

    Snow last saw Tillman in June when Tillman was stationed at Fort Lewis and visited Seattle for a day.

    The Seahawks also have a tie to Tillman. General manager Bob Ferguson was general manager for the Arizona Cardinals when the safety was drafted.

    Ferguson calls Tillman a "modern day" hero, but just one of the people who have sacrificed their lives for others.

    Tillman, who sought no media attention when he enlisted in the Army, was assigned to a ranger's unit at Fort Lewis.

    His wife lives in University Place. Friday, she was being comforted by family and others, who expressed their sympathy.

    from: www.kirotv.com News Section.
  4. by   jnette
    Been following this all day on the news.

    He is but one of HUNDREDS of special heroes. Yes, he turned his back on fame and fortune, to be sure... and for a cause he truly believed in. I hold him in highest esteem... yet no higher than those who fought and died along with him. Every ONE is special, and every death a cause for that "moment of silence" and respect.
  5. by   Alnamvet
    And, unlike most on this board....and I say most, he served honorably, made the ultimate sacrifice, and makes no excuses for the war on terrorism. May his soul rest in peace
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from jnette
    Been following this all day on the news.

    He is but one of HUNDREDS of special heroes. Yes, he turned his back on fame and fortune, to be sure... and for a cause he truly believed in. I hold him in highest esteem... yet no higher than those who fought and died along with him. Every ONE is special, and every death a cause for that "moment of silence" and respect.

    I agree wholeheartedly Jnette.
  7. by   Rep
    He is a HERO to me and so those countless soldiers of other nationalities who gave their lives to the cause of defending freedom.
  8. by   Mkue
    A true American Hero, one of the finest. :angel2:
  9. by   Katnip
    Gotta agree with Jnette. There are hundreds and thousands of men and women who left behind jobs and families to serve. They are ALL heroes.
  10. by   nekhismom
    Just what Jnette said. I appreciate the work of ALL of our troops.

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