Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. There have been numerous professional athletes who served their countries and even a few that gave up their sport to go defend our country. When you think about it the first name that comes to mind is Pat Tillman.
Pat Tillman is an American hero. In Arizona he is even more of a hero because he played both college and professionally in the state of Arizona. He played linebacker at Arizona State and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. His work ethic and ability to make plays quickly made him a fan favorite. He loved the game of football and he loved playing for the state of Arizona. But he loved his country even more and on September 11, 2001 something happened that changed his life forever, it changed all of our life's forever.
The Twin Towers in New York were attacked by terrorist's. This event obviously shook the nation and helped the country band together as one. Tillman was no different.
He and his brother decided they were going to make a difference and help our country. He walked away from a huge salary offer by both the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams to enlist in the U.S. Army.
Tillman, being the superb human being that he was, quickly became an Army Ranger. One tragic day while he was on a mission in Afghanistan he was killed when he was hit by friendly fire. It was April 22, 2004, a day that will never be forgotten by any Arizona sports fan. Nearly 3 years after the 9/11 tragedy that affected Tillman so much that he changed is life sour's could remain free. We were forced to say good-bye to an awesome man who truly died just keep others safe.
So however you celebrate this Memorial Day, weather it's BBQing with family or going swimming at the lake, take just a minute out of your day to understand what people have gone through and sacrificed in order for you and your family to live in the freedom of the United States of America.