It was April 22, 2004 that former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from a fellow Army Ranger when Tillman’s platoon was in the process of assisting fellow Rangers who had been ambushed when their Humvee broke down in the mountains.
What’s most tragic perhaps is that the cause and aftermath of Tillman’s death have overshadowed what was an inspiring and incredible life. That the truth about his passing deserved to be reported from the outset with complete candor is not up for debate. That there are still new details emerging about it a decade later only helps to make a story that should inspire people into one that fosters cynicism and distrust.
If you haven’t had a chance, take some time to read Jon Krakauer’s book on Tillman’s life, “Where Men Win Glory“. NFL Network later today will air an interview with Marie Tillman, the widow of Pat, who will discuss what is being done to keep her husband’s memory alive. A lot of that doubtlessly is related to the Pat Tillman Foundation, to which you can donate here.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate that life of a spirited, principled man that most of us know because of an achievement that he left behind to serve his country.