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80. Pat Tillman: The Greatest Sacrifice
One of the most selfless, and patriotic Americans
ever serve in the United States Military in
years was Pat Tillman. Tillman enlisted into the
.S. Army in 2002 following the terrorist attacks on
soil. He left behind a lucrative contract for
football for the Arizona Cardinals. Many Americans view
as a man of strong moral and ethical
, who put aside a life of personal wealth
serve his country in its time of need.
on November 6, 1976 in Fremont, California, Tillman
in sports. He led his high school football
, Leland High School, to a championship in his
year. He earned a full, football scholarship to
at Arizona State University in 1994. He was
Pac 10 Player of the Year in his
year, and was selected by the Arizona Cardinals
the 1998 NFL draft. Selfless during his entire
, Tillman turned down a five-year, $9 million contract
the St. Louis Rams because of his loyalty
the Cardinals, and to his fans.
11 attacks, Tillman turned down a $3.6 million
with the Cardinals to enlist into the Army
help combat terrorism. Along with his brother Kevin,
turned down a career in professional baseball, the
men completed basic training, and were sent overseas.
served several successful tours of duty in both
, and Afghanistan before he was killed on April
, 2004. The details surrounding his death became a
in the months after he was reported killed
action. Originally, the army listed his death as
related. It wasn't until approximately one month after
death that the army changed the cause of
to friendly fire. Tillman's family claimed the army
Tillman to advance its image during a dark
in U.S. history. His death by friendly fire,
means he was killed by U.S. military personnel,
the enemy, caused a backlash against the army.