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April 23, 2004

Ex-NFL Player Killed in Afghanistan

2004-04-23-inside-tillmanVia spd rdr from USA Today:

Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals safety who left football to become an Army Ranger, was killed in southeastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday. He was with the Army Special Forces in Afghanistan, where U.S. forces have been trying to chase down Osama bin Laden and members of his al-Qaeda terrorist group. During major combat in war with Iraq, Tillman was reportedly stationed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in northern Iraq.

Former Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis

"This is a painful day for the Tillman family and my condolences go out to them. I have known Pat since 1998 and I don't know if I have ever met a more dedicated person in my lifetime. He represented all that was good in sports, bringing passion, honor, integrity and dignity to the game.

"Pat knew his purpose in life. He proudly walked away from a career in football to a greater calling, which was to protect and defend our country. Pat represents those who have and will make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am overwhelmed with a sense of sorrow, but I also feel a tremendous feeling of pride for him and his service. He was not the first and won't be the last to give his life for his country. He always shunned the limelight and I am sure he would want that continued, but his life deserves to be celebrated and for his story to be told.
"He and the people he served with are what make this country such a special place. It was an honor to be his friend and coach and I will miss him."

Tillman was 27.

Statements from NFL and other officials - thanks to Purple Raider.

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Comments

He turned down a $3.7 million NFL contract to join the Army.

Posted by: joatmoaf at Apr 23, 2004 12:32:38 PM

Incredible, isn't it? Thanks to spd rdr for the heads up.

What a loss - there are no words.

Posted by: Cassandra at Apr 23, 2004 12:43:00 PM

His sacrifice was no more than any other fallen serviceman or woman. Heroes all. It's his example, his selfless answer to a call of duty to his country, that makes me both deeply sad and extraordinarily proud.

Rest in peace, Patrick.

"Rangers lead the way!"

Posted by: spd rdr at Apr 23, 2004 12:57:26 PM

We mourn for him, and will keep him in our prayers.

Posted by: Purple Raider at Apr 23, 2004 2:23:20 PM

sadness for all the families,
prayers and thanks for all the soldiers.
prayers for all of us,
if they fail,
or we fail them.

Posted by: jimmytheleg at Apr 23, 2004 4:28:24 PM

When I think about Ranbutans comments about the make up of our volunteer military, I get so madd I could spit. These men and women, are not people who are desperate and turn to the military because of the hopelessnes of Americas economy. So what if some spoiled brats of the opulently wealthy don't volunteer, who wants them. The people serving right now are tomorrows leaders, innovaters, millionaires, fathers, mothers, pastors and small business owners.

A persons net worth is a poor indicator of a persons value. Our top 1% is serving their country with honor. When I was their age the only thing I gave a damn about was where my next buzz was going to come from and chasing girls. These kids shine in comparison to my mis-spent youth. I could spend the rest of my life trying to make a positive contribution to my country and still not get to where they are now. It makes me heartsick when I hear we have lost another one.

The man running to be their commander in chief lacks the courage to even admit he owns a large vehicle. What a fu**ing wuss.

Sorry, I'm out.

Posted by: Pile On® at Apr 23, 2004 4:33:49 PM

Well, when Rant buttock called military personnel fools, I decided he was food for Lib Maggot.

Posted by: Cricket at Apr 23, 2004 4:48:17 PM

Click my name for some quotes from various bigwigs in regards to Ranger Tillman. Cass, I don't know mayby you could put them up or something.

I thought he did a brave thing when he joined.

The nation will miss him.

I'd rather have 1 Patrick Tillman that 1 million ranters.

Posted by: Purple Raider at Apr 23, 2004 4:53:29 PM

Thanks PR - consider it done. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - you guys are the greatest. :)

Don't let Ran get to you. He just doesn't get it - something is really eating him and he's casting around looking for something external to blame.

Posted by: Cassandra at Apr 23, 2004 5:21:29 PM