Pat Tillman Considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame on 20th Anniversary of Death

Pat Tillman, NFL player who left a lucrative career to serve as an Army Ranger, is being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 20 years after his tragic death in Afghanistan. His sacrifice and legacy continue to inspire.

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Pat Tillman Considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame on 20th Anniversary of Death

Pat Tillman Considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame on 20th Anniversary of Death

Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who left a multi-million-dollar contract to serve as an Army Ranger, is being considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the 20th anniversary of his death. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, at the age of 27.

Tillman's friend Jake Plummer, a former NFL quarterback, is advocating for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame to honor his sacrifice and legacy. "I would be the first one there for the ceremony if Pat is honored," Plummer said. "But even if he doesn't get a bust in Canton, his legacy will live on."

Plummer believes Tillman should be in the Hall of Fame due to his impact, but he's not sure if Tillman would have wanted the honor because of his humility. "Pat's memory is frequently invoked but few people remember the actual circumstances of his death," Plummer noted.

Why this matters: Pat Tillman's story continues to resonate 20 years after his tragic death, as it exemplifies the sacrifice and heroism of those who serve their country. His consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame highlights the lasting impact he made both on and off the field.

Tillman played college football at Arizona State University before being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks, putting his NFL career on hold to serve his country. Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart after his death.

The Pat Tillman Foundation was established in his honor to provide scholarships and leadership development for service members, veterans, and their spouses. Each year, the foundation holds the "Pat's Run" event, a 4.2-mile run and walk that ends inside Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman started his football legacy.

As the 20th anniversary of Tillman's death is commemorated, his courage, sacrifice, and lasting impact continue to be celebrated. "Pat's legacy lives on through the work of the Pat Tillman Foundation and the inspiration he provides to so many," Plummer said. Whether or not Tillman is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his memory will endure as an example of selflessness and service.

Key Takeaways

  • Pat Tillman, ex-NFL player, died in friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004 at 27.
  • Tillman's friend advocates for his Hall of Fame induction on 20th death anniversary.
  • Tillman left NFL to serve as Army Ranger, awarded Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously.
  • Pat Tillman Foundation provides scholarships and leadership development for service members.
  • Tillman's legacy lives on through his foundation and as an example of selfless service.