The Ultimate Sacrifice: We Remember Pat Tillman


Published: March 13, 2009


... they remember one of their own.

He was a great football player but more importantly, a true patriot; one who saw a need and tried his best to fulfill that need.

While he was killed while doing his duty, his sacrifice has not been forgotten, not in Arizona and not by this great nation. 

Patrick Daniel Tillman was born on Nov. 6, 1976, in San Jose, Calif. In college, Tillman was awarded the last remaining scholarship to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Tillman was a linebacker, and even though he was small for the position (5-feet-11), he was named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year after his senior season.

Pat, as he was called, was selected in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals as the 226th overall pick.

Tillman became a safety with the Cardinals after fears from coaches about his size, in 2000, Tillman set a franchise record for the most tackles.

It looked as if Tillman would be a force to be reckone...

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