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MY DOMAIN NAME EXPIRED, SO THIS IS MY NEW NAME. “THE PATRIOT”
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Arizona Cardinal Years
In the 1998 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Pat Tillman in the seventh round. Even though many people questioned his ability to make the opening-day roster, he soon became the team’s starting safety and broke the franchise record for tackles in 2000 with 224. Already a hometown favorite, Pat’s rugged play earned him accolades across the country.
Meanwhile, Pat refused to allow the fame and fortune of being a professional football player affect him. He drove the same old truck he had in college (without air conditioning) and refused to be tethered by a cell-phone. Pat also found new ways to challenge himself off the field. Physically, he competed in a marathon prior to the 2000 season and a half Ironman triathlon the following summer. Mentally, he pursued a master’s degree in history from his alma mater and read voraciously in an attempt to better understand many different topics, including the roots of current political and social systems, the conflicts among them, all the while developing, debating, and discussing his ideas with his eager listeners, family and friends. Pat made ‘your passion his passion’ and listened intently as his friends, family, and strangers shared their thoughts and opinions.
During his years as a Cardinal, Pat volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona, Boys Hope Girls Hope and March of Dimes, and went to elementary, middle and high schools around the Phoenix valley to read to kids and give talks.
Pat married the woman he had been devoted to since high school, Marie, in the spring of 2002. Upon returning from their honeymoon, he informed the Cardinals of the decision he made with Marie and Kevin to place his NFL career on hold and become a U.S. Army Ranger with his brother. The decision shocked many and garnered national media attention despite his refusal to speak publicly about the choice.
His words from an interview the day after the attacks of September 11th, 2001, speak for themselves: “At times like this you stop and think about just how good we have it, what kind of system we live in, and the freedoms we are allowed. A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing”.
“Pat knew his purpose in life,” Dave McGinnis, former Arizona Cardinals head-coach said. “He proudly walked away from a career in football to a greater calling.”
Pat and and his brother Kevin joined the U.S. Army in July of 2002, committing to a three-year term. They were assigned to the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. They served tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004.
Pat and Kevin were recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 11th Annual ESPY Awards in 2003.
In the evening of April 22nd, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of Eastern Afghanistan. His heroic efforts to provide cover for his fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his tragic death via fratricide.
I couldn’t believe it the day I heard he was killed. I grieved for his family and our country for losing such a hero. Pat, and the rest of our fallen heros, will definitely be on my mind on Sunday.
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OK it has to be said……….enough with these losing whiny multi millionaire sports franchises. Their job is to win games, right?….but if they don’t they still get their salary, right?
Ok, here is my solution. If you win a game, you get paid. If you lose, you don’t get a paycheck. I will bet that would put some motivation in their overpaid asses.
When you don’t do your job, do you stay hired?….unless you are in Congress or any form of politics.
I am sick and tired of million dollar thugs not giving a damn, and at best, doing a mediocre job on the playing field.
Listen to the local sportscast and you will hear Head Coaches with the same soundbite night after night, trying to explain why their team lost AGAIN!
Make no mistake, I could give a damn about organized sports. It has never made sense to me, how anybody can yell support for their team, when their team could give a bigger damn about them.
These over active thyroid behemoths will charge a kid for an autograph, and nothing is ever done for the greater good…….there is always an angle. MONEY!
Screw em’. They lose games and still get paid, and YOU Mr and Mrs fan, foot the bill.
Times are hard and going to get harder. Do you really want to make sure that these so-called athletes stay supplied with drugs, fighting dogs, strippers and loaded pistols?, …….and all on YOUR dime.
After all of your support by buying tickets, t-shirts and hats, what is the thanks that you get? Increased prices on everything from parking to nachos.
Have you ever gone to the mailbox and got your team support check in the mail as a thank-you? I didn’t think so.
Just remember, your favorite sports hero would never endorse anything or anyone for free…….why should you?
I GUESS NO ONE TOLD THEM THAT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IS IN A DEPRESSION.
TOM BRADY WINS THE MVP-49 OUT OF 50 VOTES!! BRADY IS A REAL MUMBLE GUY, THE TEAM COMES FIRST AND THEN THE “SUPER BOWL”. HOPEFULLY THEY GO UNDEFEATED ALL THE WAY. BRADY WOULD TELL YOU THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GOAL, BRADY IS THE ONLY PATRIOT TO EVER WIN THIS HONOR. WHAT A ROLL MODEL FOR KIDS TO WANT TO BE LIKE. ONE EXCEPTION WOULD BE HIS LOVE LIFE. I THINK HE SHOULD HAVE MARRIED THE MOTHER OF HIS SON, BUT THAT IS MY OPINION.