Pat Tillman

American legend – Professional Football player

Pat Tillman
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Pat Tillman Jr was born on November 1979- April 22, 2004, to his parents Mary Tillman and Patrick Daniel Tillman Sr.

Patrick was an American professional Football player in the NFL. He ended his professional football career and enrolled in US Army in 2002.

He left us in April 2004 during the war in Afghanistan because of friendly fire.

Pat Tillman I Family and Education:

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Rare Family Picture of Pat Tillman Source: Google

Pat Tillman was the oldest child of his parents Pat Tillman Sr. and Mary Tillman. He was born and raised in San Jose, California. Pat always cared and protected his brothers.

Furthermore, He was a natural leader and led his high school football team to the Central Coast Division. Thus, he earned a scholarship to Arizona State University.

Tillman attended Leland High School in San Jose, California (1990-1994). Pat was known for his mentality. Everyone who encountered him was amazed at his hard work and relentless curiosity. He was the leader of his High School. He led his High School team to a Central Coast Division Football Championship.

Pat Tillman I Professional Career:

Tillman at University:

When Tillman was at Arizona State University, he flourished on the field and in the classroom. Pat led his team to accomplish an undefeated season and to make the 1997 Rose game. He was the Pac- 10 Defensive Player of the year. Later, he was selected as the most valuable Player of the year in 1997.

Pat’s NFL Career:

In the 1998 National Football League (NFL) draft Arizona Cardinals signed Pat. Moreover, he started playing as a starting player. Two years later, he set a new team record with the highest number of tackles in 2000.

Tim was very loyal to his team. In 2001 he turned down a lucrative contract with the St. Louis Rams to continue his journey with the Cardinals.

Pat Tillman’s US army journey:

Pat Tillman
Pat during his US army journey Source: Google

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on United States Tillman decided to join the US army. Pat’s inspiration was his great-grandfather Pearl Harbor.

In May 2002, Tillman refused a $3.6 million, three-year contract with the Cardinals, for his post in the US  army.

“Sports embodied many of the qualities I deem meaningful. However, these last few years, and especially after recent events, I’ve come to appreciate just how shallow and insignificant my role is . . . It’s no longer important.”

Pat joined US Army along with his brother Kevin in July 2002. His decision to leave the sport to join the military was a hot topic in the media. Indeed, It was an unbelievable step. Tim left his sports career when he was at his peak.

Pat and Kevin were assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington for the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Tillman’s mysterious Death:

Pat died on April 22, 2002. He was killed in action while in a canyon in Afghanistan. At first, they announced that Tillman was shot by enemy forces during the ambush.

However, an investigation done by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) concluded that:

Tillman and the Afghan militia soldier died in friendly fire. In confusion one allied group fired upon another mistakenly believed to be from enemy combatants.

Tillman received honored in a nationally televised memorial service on May 3, 2004.

Awards and Achievement:

Awards Related to the army:

  • Silver Star Citation
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Silver Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • The global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • The global war on Terrorism Silver medal.
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Parachutist Badge with 2nd Ranger Battalion trimming
  • Expert Marksmanship badge with rifle component bar
  • 2nd Ranger Battalion Combat Service Identification Badge
  • Expert Marksmanship badge with rifle component bar
  • 75th Ranger Distinctive unit insignia
  • Ranger Tab
  • Army Presidential Unit Citation w /1 Oak leaf cluster
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Army Superior Unit Award w/ w Oak leaf clusters

In addition to his military awards, Pat Tillman received the Arthur Ashe Courage from ESPN in 2003, as part of that year’s ESPY ceremony.

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Tim’s Controversies and Investigation:

Reports and Documents that surfaced years proved that his mates and stakeholders here were aware that Tillman had died from the friendly fire within 24 hours of his death.

After Tillman’s death, the investigation proved that Army commanders and members of the Bush administration concealed the truth behind the soldier’s shooting by destroying items of his clothing, his notebooks, and even hiding parts of Tillman’s body to cover up evidence.

Tillman’s Family on his death:

“This isn’t about Pat, this is about what they did to Pat and what they did to a nation,” said Tillman’s mother, Mary. “By making up these false stories you’re diminishing their true heroism. The truth may not be pretty but that’s not what war is all about. It’s ugly, it’s bloody, it’s painful. And to write these glorious tales is a disservice to the nation.”

Tillman’s Legacy:

Pat Tillman
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In addition, to  Purple Heart and Silver Star by the military, Tillman also has his ASU Sun Devils and Arizona Cardinals jersey numbers retired.

Moreover, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in May 2010.

The NFL-Tillman Scholarship was established in June of the same year by the NFL and the Pat Tillman Foundation to recognize someone who “exemplifies Pat Tillman’s lifelong legacy of service.” The Tillman Story, a documentary chronicling Tillman’s life, was released on August 20, 2010.

Relationship | Pat and Marie Tillman:

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Pat with his wife Marie. Source: Google

Pat was married to Marie Tillman in 2002. Pat and Marie knew each other since they were 4. However, there were friends till their senior high school.

Pat’s first date was Marie. Tillmans’s decision to be in the army created some household problems for them.

Marie didn’t want to have children because Tillman couldn’t be there to take care of them and she didn’t to be a single mom.

Pat Tillman | Net worth and career earnings:

Tillman’s net worth was estimated to be around $10 million. Tillman had a monthly salary of $70 thousand and an annual income oF $1 million as a footballer.

Pat also had a good amount of earnings from his army career, but we are unknown about it. We will update you soon if we figure it out.

Pat Tillman | Body Measurement, Height, Weight

Tillman stands tall at a height of 5′ 11″ (180 cm) and weighs around 204 lbs (92.5 kg). Being an athlete, he has a masculine body type.

He has dark brown colored hair and taking about his beautiful eyes he has dark brown eyes.

Facts About Tillman:

  • Name: Pat Tillman
  • Date of birth: November 6, 1976
  • Death: April 22, 2004
  • Profession: Footballer and Army
  • Parents: Mary Tillman and Patrick Tillman
  • Rank: Corporal
  • height of 5′ 11″ (180 cm)
  • weighs 204 lbs (92.5 kg)

Questions related to Tillman:

Is Tillman still alive?

No, Tillman Died on April 22, 2004.

How old was Tillman when he died?

Tillman was 27 when he died.

How did Tillman die?

Tillman died in a friendly fire during the war in Afghanistan.

Written by Prad Nungel

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