Pat Tillman made the ultimate sacrifice for the Arizona Cardinals
Pat Tillman’s #40 is the second number on this list. A 7th-round draft pick out of Arizona State, Tillman could knock the lights out of anyone on the field. He quickly rose to stardom and was a fan favorite.
Tillman would eventually depart the NFL for the Army after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He was supposed to get a big contract extension, but instead followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and enlisted in the Iraq War with his brother, Kevin.
Tillman would spend a few years overseas and made a few return trips to see the Cardinals but wound up dying by friendly fire in 2004. The government tried to cover it up, and the situation was not good at all.
His legacy lives on in Arizona, with his number retired in the Cardinals’ stadium, and a statue of Tillman sits just outside the stadium. Arizona State has also done a phenomenal job of keeping his memory alive as well.
We miss you, Pat. We really do.