EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14346 posts, RR: 60 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3346 times:
Breaking News - NBC News has just reported that the Arizona Cardinals (and former Arizona State University star) Pat Tillman, who turned down a multimillion dollar contract extension to join the Army Rangers after 9/11, has been killed in action in Afghanistan.
More to come.
Edited to correct location, initially reported as Iraq.
[Edited 2004-04-23 16:34:38]
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Learpilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
IMHO, the word hero gets thrown around way too much. But if anyone deserves to be called a hero, however, it was Pat Tillman. Godspeed. Dude had a brass pair of balls.
And then you've got that scrawny little idiot Ely Manning crying because he doesn't want to play for the Chargers. Maybe he, along with some other pro athletes will learn something from this. It's called Character.
Heed our warnings or your future will be underpant free!
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3202 times:
Pat Tillman is a true hero in every sense of the word. Leaving millions on the table to serve your country? How many people out of a million would do that?! He was an unbelieveable story and its really sad that it had to end up this way. The courage and discipline that Tillman showed was unmatched. God Bless You, Pat.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
The moment of silence before the NFL draft would be a nice touch, but...
I would like to see people write to Commissioner Tagliabue and suggest the NFL name a Courage Award after Pat Tillman.
That's a truly great idea. No one in the NFL exemplified honor, courage, and dedication like Pat Tillman. Name the award after him already (although, would there really be anyone in the NFL worthy of such an award? Nothing even comes close to what he's done).
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
This man is without a doubt the most courageous, honorable person in recent memory...My deepest condolences go out to the Tillman family - Pat was without a doubt a hero and demonstrated that without a doubt.
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Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2989 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3156 times:
Concordeboy, you are very much on my side today.
Anyway, I can just say that it is not any worse that this guy got killed then Joe Minority, who didn't have a choice in life to get a career, without joining up and I am sure there are a LOT of those people out there dying.
It was his own choice, so he did not sacrifice any more than anybody else who signs up out of free will.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3142 times:
Actually ConcordeBoy, being obsessed with GE90 and B777 variants is complete bullshit.
I was greatly saddened to read about his death. Clearly no one intends to trivialize the death of any other US service member by posting here. However, Pat Tillman was a celebrity and knowingly walked away from vast amounts of money, a relatively easy life, and celebrity because of his deep personal convictions. We can be sure that Pat Tillman would have wanted no special attention on this day compared to other soldies and that is why he we should honor his sacrifice and that of his family.
In a time when so many professional atheletes are a bunch of crybabies and threaten to go on strike because they are not quite satisfied with some multi-million dollar salary or how they are treated in the press, Tillman will be an inspiration for years to come. How many pro-athletes are willing to walk away from millions, big houses, fancy cars, and fame to risk his life for the salary of an Army Ranger?
Not many at all.
Like I said, Tillman went to great lengths to be treated as an ordinary solider--shunning interviews after his enlistment. He did not expect the attention but he and has family deserve this country's full support. That he is a celebrity is happenstance. We just happend to remember this soldier's name.
I wish to express my profound gratitude for his service and condolences for his loss. RIP Pat Tillman.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3131 times:
It was your comment....
Altough I don't agree with the large amount of attention this is getting, I was wondering when someone would come in here and piss on the parade. He is no more a hero than any of the other servicemen out there. However I have to say he's a better man than I. I would have taken the millions and kept playing football. The fact that he did the opposite of what most people would do in his situation makes him a special human being. And that deserves to be noted.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3112 times:
Sorry bub, but I got plenty o' value to spew: and right now, I have no qualm about pointing out that someone with a few more career options than his barrack buddies getting offed in a conflict deserves no more laud whatsoever than they would have...... and the fact that he's getting it, and plenty of it, only adds my point.
: Concordeboy, For someone that has and maintains an encyclopedic knowledge of things as ultra-trivial of what comes after the hypen following GE90 or B
: I wonder what other people have given up in order to go and fight in another country? Of course, we'll probably never know because they weren't fortun
: Well said CactusA319, my thoughts exactly! Greg
: Y'all wanna know what's really sad? The number of people that are writing "Pat Tillman - All-Pro Hero" script/book at the moment just to make a quick
: I wonder what other people have given up in order to go and fight in another country? Sh'yeah, like their children perhaps...? Of course, we'll probab
: "Y'all wanna know what's really sad? The number of people that are writing "Pat Tillman - All-Pro Hero" script/book at the moment just to make a quick
: Hey ConcordeBoy, why don't you take your negative comments elsewhere or pull your pud to the Boeing website for the tenth time today. This man made a
: Hey ConcordeBoy, why don't you take your negative comments elsewhere or pull your pud to the Boeing website for the tenth time today. Pot... kettle...
: ConcordeBoi: Dude seriously, who took a dump in your cornflakes this morning?
: No one... just that the "OMG look, a celebrity is making a sacrifice" inanity happens to be one of my most triggerhappy hotbuttons Not that I have any
: I agree with an article in Yahoo! Sports that calls him a hero....not because of how he died, but how he lived. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylc=
: ConcordeBoy, You can't be serious.... Sen. John McCain put it this way, "The tragic loss loss of this extraordinary young man will seem a heavy blow t