View Full Version : R.I.P. Pat Tillman

Art Read
04-23-2004, 12:10 PM
Hell of a role model...

Art Read
04-23-2004, 12:29 PM
Apparantly HE didn't think so. :mad:

(Edited for clarity... "Somebody" felt the need to quote my initial post and add, "Hell of a waste..." Then apparantly deleted it, upon reflection.)

[ 04-23-2004, 04:16 PM: Message edited by: Art Read ]

04-23-2004, 01:01 PM
who's Pat Tillman?

Tar Devil
04-23-2004, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by LeeG:
who's Pat Tillman?Former NFL Player Killed in Afghanistan (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=551&e=2&u=/ap/fbn_afghan_nfl_player)

Turned down 3.6 million to enlist after 9-11. Indeed, one hellova roll model.



[ 04-23-2004, 02:10 PM: Message edited by: Tar Devil ]

Larry P.
04-23-2004, 01:09 PM
An NFL player who turned down several million dollars to enlist in the Armed forces, reported killed in action in Afganistan on Thursday. :(

04-23-2004, 01:12 PM
thanks,,got it through Drudge,,,here's an op/ed by Peggy Noonan.
http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id =110004997 (http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110004997)

"That is a bigger and better story than usually makes the front page. Markets rise and fall, politicians come and go, but that we still make Tillmans is headline news."

I got an urge to gag after that. The celebration of the exceptional and front page news while photographed coffins is a problem?
That "we" can make million dollar heros and use their sacrifice as proof of integrity is too much too soon. At least the connection to Afghanistan and 9/11 is accurate.

I say cheese to Peggy. There was only one Pat Tillman.

edited: to add this will become a political thread in two seconds once Dutch includes the list of other dead. So let's pay our respects and go back to cheese.

[ 04-23-2004, 02:24 PM: Message edited by: LeeG ]

Joe (SoCal)
04-23-2004, 01:16 PM
I remember his story - a true patriot - THAT my friends is what a True American is all about. God rest his patriotic soul.

04-23-2004, 01:17 PM
I just read that! :(

An honorable and true young man ... we could all use some of what he had.

Hwyl- :rolleyes:

Joe (SoCal)
04-23-2004, 01:22 PM
"it was clear to those who knew Mr. Tillman that after September 11 something changed. The attack on America had prompted a rethinking. Len Pasquarelli of ESPN reported last May that the "free-spirited but consummately disciplined" starting strong safety told friends and relatives that, in Mr. Pasquarelli's words, "his conscience would not allow him to tackle opposition fullbacks where there is still a bigger enemy that needs to be stopped in its tracks." Mr. Tillman's agent and friend Frank Bauer: "This is something he feels he has to do. For him, it's a mindset, a duty."

Joe (SoCal)
04-23-2004, 01:29 PM
"The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Tillman was distinguished by his intelligence and appetite for rugged play. As an undersized linebacker at Arizona State, he was the Pac-10's defensive player of the year in 1997.

He set a franchise record with 224 tackles in 2000 and warmed up for 2001's training camp by competing in a 70.2-mile triathlon in June.

Tillman carried a 3.84 grade point average through college and graduated with high honors in 3 1/2 academic years with a degree in marketing.

"You don't find guys that have that combination of being as bright and as tough as him," Phil Snow, who coached Tillman as Arizona State's defensive coordinator, said in 2002. "This guy could go live in a foxhole for a year by himself with no food."

Tillman and his brother Kevin last year won the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the 11th annual ESPY Awards."