Pat Tillman is remembered today as an American hero on the 10th anniversary of his death.
The Pat Tillman story is tragic. You probably know it by now.
RIP Pat Tillman. Left his NFL career to serve his country and was killed over in Afghanistan 10 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/IqO6URS4Bf
— Steve Benko (@SteveBenko) April 22, 2014
Turned down a NFL contract after 9/11 to enlisted in the Army with his brother. Later killed during a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. Senior Army commanders lied to the Tillman family about the circumstances surrounding Pat’s death, even going forward with a phony eulogy at the funeral.
It wasn’t until weeks after Pat Tillman was buried the government informed his family how exactly he was killed. At the time of Tillman’s death the War in Iraq had become a public relations nightmare with images of abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib being shown every night on the evening news.
Jon Krakauer wrote in “Where Men Win Glory” that Tillman feared his death would be used as propaganda if he were KIA. His fears came true.
But enough of that sad stuff.
Pat Tillman paid the ultimately price and deserves proper recognition. No matter how he died.
He would of been a Hall of Famer RIP Pat Tillman. Been 10 years already
— SmartSetJon (@TrillGeneral) April 22, 2014
A man who passed up millions to play a sport he loved to serve his country is a hero in my book. #RIP Pat Tillman
— Blake Mullen (@BlakeMullen92) April 22, 2014
I cannot name one person in NFL history that represents what I would like the NFL to be more than Pat Tillman. Shouldn't that be enough HOF?
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthNBC) April 20, 2014
RIP Pat Tillman, a prime example of a man who lived unselfishly with purpose and passion. Always will be a personal hero to me.
— Adam Cummings (@DitkaManiac89) April 22, 2014
Rip Pat Tillman #rangersleadtheway
— Shawn Cato (@Inked_Up_Cato) April 22, 2014
RIP Pat Tillman. You are beyond an American hero.
— MDC (@Mckinleydivine) April 22, 2014
10 years later and there are still questions about exactly what happened to Pat Tillman that day near the Pakistan border. Perhaps someday we’ll know.
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