I run to honor Pat Tillman and the American Soldiers before and after who lost their lives serving our great nation.
Pat Tillman was selected in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The day after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pat told a reporter, “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 Tillman put an all-star NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. In July 2002, Pat and his brother Kevin joined the U.S. Army, committing to a three-year term. They were assigned to the s in Fort Lewis, Washington. They served in the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment and did tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004. On the evening of April 22, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan. His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his untimely and tragic death via fratricide.