Arizona State unveils Pat Tillman statue

AP

Arizona State University unveiled a statue paying tribute to the late Pat Tillman at Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday.

Tillman played at ASU from 1994-97 before entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Cardinals. He spent four seasons playing safety before giving up his NFL career to join the United States Army in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Tillman was killed in action in a friendly fire incident in 2004.

The statue, which joins one at University of Phoenix Stadium, has been placed behind the north end zone and carries a plaque with a quote from Tillman.

“Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.”

Members of Tillman’s family attended the ceremony on Wednesday.

“He was a good role model,” Patrick Tillman, Sr. said, via the Arizona Republic. “It’s awkward seeing it that way, but he was a good role model. He was a good adult. I hope that he serves as an example. He led a good life.”

Arizona State coach Todd Graham said players will touch the statue as they make their way from the locker room to the field in what he said he hopes becomes a tradition forever.

22 responses to “Arizona State unveils Pat Tillman statue

  1. I once served under the waves and see Tillman as a true hero, treated very poorly by the military and some comrades who instantly spun his death into “heroic sacrifice” propaganda, claiming he’d been killed by “devastating enemy fire” (according to his posthumous Silver Star), whilst expending many years telling lies to the Oversight committee etc and threatening some soldiers to stay quiet about it being “friendly” fire in which his own side had shot him 3 times in the back of the head – his own unit burning his uniform and armor to hide the fact. They should put that statue and his burned uniform on display in the Pentagon foyer.

  2. I’m sure it will be only a matter of time before someone declares the statue racists and tears it down.

  3. They were guarding poppy fields over there for heroin production. Tillman was about to expose the false war. MURDERED!

  4. Joining the service could be a way for kaepernick to redeem himself. Maybe he will see reality, but the reality is he doesn’t have the guts or desire to stand for his country.

  5. I’m glad they erected a statue for Tillman for 2 reasons: (1) As a tribute to his selflessness and patriotism, by volunteering to serve (giving-up his NFL career) for what he thought then was a noble cause (to defeat terrorism). (2) As a middle-finger to the military establishment who shamefully lied about Tillman’s “friendly fire” death and tried to exploit and propagandize it.

  6. the military establishment who shamefully lied about Tillman’s “friendly fire” death and tried to exploit and propagandize it

    Hahah, like Americans ever fall for military propaganda or allow themselves to be exploited by symbolism and…oh, wait. Nevermind. Forgot where I was for minute.

  7. Such a fine young man! However, I’m sure this statue will offend some people and eventually come down.

  8. Comparing to Pat Tilman to a traitor and someone who fought for slavery is despicable. Why are so many of you doing that? He didn’t fight for injustice. Just a chance to bash someone with different views? If you are comparing this statue to those who fought to keep people in chains you might be a racist.

  9. Comparing to Pat Tilman to a traitor and someone who fought for slavery is despicable. Why are so many of you doing that? He didn’t fight for injustice. Just a chance to bash someone with different views? If you are comparing this statue to those who fought to keep people in chains you might be a racisT

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    Slavery was an accepted way of life back then. The war wasnt over slavery anyway. The north and sputh were gonna butt heads eventually. Slavery is still around today. One of the first legit slaveholders in america was black. Learn history before you say silly things

  10. Pat Tillman was upset that he enlisted to find and kill Osama bin Laden, but was instead sent to fight in Iraq. In his letters back home, Tillman called the war in Iraq “illegal.” At his funeral, his brother Kevin reminded everyone that Pat Tillman was an atheist. FOX News was horrified to find out that Tillman was not one of them. He was a liberal who was interested in meeting with Noam Chomsky.

    Initially, the Bush administration tried to sell Pat Tillman’s death as a heroic call to arms. He died charging up hill, fighting our enemy. Then it came out that they burned his uniform, destroyed his personal journals, and ordered the eyewitnesses not to speak to anyone. Eventually we learned he died in a tragic friendly-fire incident. The Ranger who accidentally killed Tillman failed to follow protocols before opening fire. That man has to live with knowing he killed a fellow Ranger. It was a tragedy all the way around, and it was an accident.

    Tillman made it very clear to his wife Marie, and family, that if he died in combat he did not want to be used as a symbol by the pro-war factions of the Bush administration. The Army pressured Tillman’s wife, hard, to allow Pat to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Marie Tillman stuck to her guns and honored her husband’s wishes.

    Getting to the truth about Pat’s death was massive uphill struggle for the Tillman family. The Army withheld the details for a long time. Their struggle for the truth reached it’s peak when Pat Tillman’s father sent an letter to a general that ended with multiple expletives. At the Senate hearing about Tillman’s death and the cover-up, Rumsfeld and several Army generals including Stanley McChrystal, suddenly had amnesia and couldn’t recall a thing.

    I’m hoping this statue gives some comfort to his parents, wife, siblings, and other loved ones. It’s an honor that’s long overdue. the great thing about making a hero out of Pat Tillman is some people will do their homework and find out who he really was.

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