I lost one of my best friends, Gary Bird, in the second tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. I was so excited to hear Pat Tillman felt a higher calling to volunteer, leaving a multimillion dollar NFL contract, to join the Army Rangers to serve and protect his country from terrorists. I felt it was Pat Tillman against Osama Bin Laden (Gary’s murderer), and I would bet on Pat.
Pat always played football in Arizona passionately, full-bore, and to obtain the goal without paying the same attention to the obstacles. What Taliban terrorist in his right mind wouldn’t be afraid of Pat and his brother going after them? If you ever saw Pat’s passion for excellence on the field and scholastically, this was no ordinary American whose life ended too soon and tragically.
The movie “The Tillman Story” shows the commitment that Pat’s parents and wife had in finding the truth about Pat’s death by his own troops. They had a single purpose to uncover the truth of Pat’s death, regardless of the legal obstacles, to give closure and truth to Pat and his family.
It mentions, in the movie, Pat’s sense of humor and not taking himself seriously. I know he was on all the local sports shows while playing at ASU and the Cardinals. If Pat’s spirit was watching his movie, I think he would have said, “Who played Jude Lacava (Ch. 10 sportscaster)? Jude isn’t that good-looking, come on!” I believe all people who see the big picture, like Pat Tillman, go to a higher place.
Dr. Jeff Eger, Mesa
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