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Pat Tillman

Pat TillmanAKA Patrick Daniel Tillman, Jr.

Born: 6-Nov-1976
Birthplace: San Jose, CA
Died: 22-Apr-2004
Location of death: Afghanistan
Cause of death: War
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military, Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: NFL player turned Army Ranger

Military service: US Army (2002-04)

Former Arizona Cardinal, who walked away from his multi-million-dollar football contract to become an Army Ranger and fight terrorism in Afghanistan. Much was made of his heroic April 2004 death, but in May it was revealed that Tillman was actually killed by friendly fire. He was shot at relatively close range -- ten yards -- by M16 fire. According to a Spc. Bryan O'Neal, who was at Tillman's side at the time of his death, Tillman's last words were, "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat fucking Tillman, damn it! [repeated multiple times] [then after another soldier asked for God to save them] Would you shut your fucking mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling [dies]."

[1] According to remarks by his brother at Tillman's memorial service.

Father: Patrick Tillman
Mother: Mary Tillman
Brother: Kevin
Brother: Richard
Wife: Marie Ugenti (m. 4-May-2002, until his death)

    University: Arizona State University

    Shot: Battle friendly fire (22-Apr-2004)
    Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2003 (with Kevin Tillman)
    Silver Star
    College Football Hall of Fame 2011

    Arizona Cardinals Safety 1998-2001

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