TUESDAY WAS the 10th anniversary of the death of former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who was a victim of friendly fire while fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, the first professional football player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War.
Earlier this week, ESPN did a special "Outside the Lines" show to commemorate his story and spirit. As you might expect, Temple defensive coordinator Phil Snow, who coached Tillman at Arizona State, couldn't take his eyes away from the TV screen.
"The one memory I'll always remember is when the Cardinals called me to tell me he was enlisting," Snow recalled. "They wanted to know if I could talk to him. So I called and said, 'Pat, what's up?' He said, 'Snow, you're not going to try and talk me out of this, right?' I told him, 'No, I just want to know what's going on.' Turns out he and his younger brother [Kevin], who played baseball at Arizona State, had actually driven to Denver and elisted. They weren't going to go unless they could go together. So they got hold of a Congressman [to make it happen].