Monday marks 15th anniversary of Pat Tillman’s death

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People inside and outside the football world are taking time to remember Pat Tillman on the 15th anniversary of his death on Monday.

Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army on April 22, 2004. Initial claims were that Tillman was killed in a confrontation with opposing forces, but that story was an attempt to cover up the fact that Tillman was actually killed in a friendly fire incident. A member of the Afghan militia was also killed in the incident, which was revealed after a lengthy investigation into the true events of the day.

Tillman played out the 2001 season as a safety for the Cardinals before turning down a new contract and enlisting in the U.S. Army. Tillman was the only NFL player to enlist in the armed forces in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

“At times like this you stop and think about just how good we have it, what kind of system we live in, and the freedoms we are allowed. A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing,” Tillman said of his decision.

Tillman’s family started the Pat Tillman Foundation after his death and it provides active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships through the Tillman Scholars program. The program has invested over $16 million and has 580 scholars in its network.

One of the signature fundraising events of the foundation is Pat’s Run in Tempe. The 4.2-mile run raised over $1 million and all 28,000 spots in this year’s run on April 27 have already been filled.

32 responses to “Monday marks 15th anniversary of Pat Tillman’s death

  1. Nothing but respect for this man. And just as much respect for his family for saying they don;t want people using Tillman to push whatever political agenda(s) they are pushing.

  2. As a vet I love what Tillman did, and what he sacrificed. I do not appreciate the Army’s cover up. And yes, it was a cover up. But I also do not think people who don’t serve (aka OBJ) are any less deserving of of their right to be whatever, including a diva, because they didn’t. Less than 1% of America serves.

    But the 1% that do, fight for the 99% that do. God’s rest my brother. Nothing but love.

  3. I salute all of those who have given their lives to make ours better. It is selfish to think otherwise. Im Canadian but I always thank U.S. Soldiers for what they do.

  4. burtmustin says:
    April 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm
    Pat Tillman is a true American Hero.

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    Tillman gave his life for our country. Who the heck could down-vote this post?

  5. Tillman not only served his country, but also questioned it (especially regarding the invasion of Iraq). But still, he didn’t waver in his commitment. Not too many people like him and I think everyone can learn from his example.

    And yes, the Army did try to cover up the manner in which he died, though his family was persistent in finding out the truth.

    Sad story, but well worth remembering.

  6. Crik911:

    never think for a moment that we Americans don’t also appreciate the sacrifices of too many Canadians. Great country and even better people.

  7. “A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing,” Tillman said of his decision.”

    I think 28 years after the first gulf war, 18 years after 9/11, and 15 years after your death, it shows how much of a thing you did Mr. Tillman.

  8. What an honorable man.

    Yeah, the cover up was despicable. His death happened to occur the same week as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Iraq war salespeople. When they finally admitted his death was friendly fire, it was 6 weeks later, on the Friday night before a holiday weekend.

  9. A true American the world is a better place for having known pat Tillman 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  10. A person who did not care about fortune and fame. Chose to serve his country because it was what he believed in. The outcome, unbelievable, with what we know now. How many people leaving a thumbs down to every comment made so far would do the same? Football is a game, will not change the world whether your team wins or loses… He made a difference. RESPECT!

  11. jbaxt says:
    April 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    I wish he was around. No one would in the NFL would be kneeling. What a great example of a hero!!!
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    He’s definitely a hero, but maybe you should read up a little if that’s your takeaway.

  12. True Patriot…..however an absolute shameful and disgraceful set of circumstances. Those Army leaders should have all been court martialed and forced to resign.

  13. coloradofort says:
    April 23, 2019 at 12:17 am
    True Patriot…..however an absolute shameful and disgraceful set of circumstances. Those Army leaders should have all been court martialed and forced to resign.
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    And this is why the military covers up friendly fire incidents. You don’t understand that some kid made a mistake in a war zone and people died. I’m sure he was scared, tired and suffering from PTSD, thought he saw a sniper and that he was saving his buddies from being killed, instead he was firing on his friends. It’s more than punishment enough that he has to live with that mistake for the rest of his life. There’s a high probability that he has long since committed suicide because of it.

  14. I’ve done Pat’s Run for almost 10 years straight. It’s an epic and emotional event just outside ASU Sun Devil stadium. After running through the streets of Tempe for 4.2 miles the run ends inside Sun Devil football Stadium on the 42 yard line. Military, police, and firefighters run in full gear. It’s like running with 30,000 of your closest friends… all in the name of Pat.

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