Pat Tillman was a man with many talents. As an athlete, Pat had no limits. He played both football and baseball at an elite level. Pat was offered a scholarship to play football at Arizona State University. He excelled both on and off the field by demonstrating a 3.85 GPA accompanied by the award for PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Pat also won a Rose Bowl while at Arizona State.
After college, Pat decided to take his skills to the next level. He was offered a contract by the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. However, out of loyalty to his hometown Arizona Cardinals, he took less money to play for them. In the 2000 season, Pat was named to the NFL All-Pro team. Unfortunately, the coming years would present some significant world events changed Pat’s life forever.
Pat and his brother Kevin always took pride in honoring America. No matter what the issue was, the duo always had America’s back. Therefore, the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers were taken personal by the two brothers. After finishing up the 2001 NFL season, Pat and his brother ultimately decided to enlist in the Armed Forces. As in everything Pat did, he excelled as an Army Ranger.
Pat was deployed to Forward Operating Base Salerno in 2004. On Aprill 22, 2004, his platoon was ambushed. Pat’s life was taken that faithful day while in combat. He was 27 years old.
However, Pat’s legacy still lives on today. The honorable and significant life he lived will never be forgotten. He sacrificed everything in his life to defend his country. This is a story of true courage and meaning.
Let you and your families legacy live on as well.
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