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April 29, 2004 | By Maria Barrucco
Everyone who knows me knows I attended Arizona State University for two years. I talk about it, almost to the point of embarrassment, at almost any opportunity. Two weeks ago, I was talking to family members from Ireland about Arizona State, and about a guy who had played football while I was there: Sun Devil number 42, Pat Tillman. I met Pat in the fall of 1996. One warm autumn afternoon, one of my coworkers and I sat around the student government offices with a few iced teas and brainstormed the final details of homecoming weekend.
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April 27, 2004 | By MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
'PAT TILLMAN, who walked away from his professional football career to join the Army Rangers, was killed in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said today . . . Some members of the Army's elite Ranger units were taking part in the hunt for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan . . . Tillman played four seasons with the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the Army in May 2002. The safety turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from Arizona.
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April 30, 2004 | By ELMER SMITH
PAT TILLMAN saw himself as just one of the guys. But the guys would beg to differ. "I thought he was special," said Capt. Aric Arnold, a company commander who just returned to our family from service in Iraq two weeks ago. "To me, it made what we were doing over there seem even more important. I wasn't the only one who thought so. "When you're sitting in the dirt eating MRE's [combat rations], swatting sand flies and dealing with that 100-degree heat, it means something to know there are guys like that there, too. "To be honest with you, if someone offered me a $3 million contract today, I don't think I'd come to work tomorrow.
NEWS
April 27, 2004
IN THE SAME week that John Welbourn ripped the Eagles organization about a contact he "willingly" signed just two years ago, and Eli Manning had the nerve to shun the Chargers without having proven a thing at the NFL level, this country lost a true hero who likely was more of a man than John or Eli will ever by. Before his shocking decision to join the Army, Pat Tillman shocked us all by turning down more money from a winning team (St. Louis)...
NEWS
May 30, 2005
Battlefields do not tell lies. They hold truths, truths that may be complex and unsavory, yet nonetheless hold a poignant purity. For in the rawest accounts of war are the real stories of heroes. It is these tales of our men and women in uniform that deserve to be honored on Memorial Day - not stories whose facts have been distorted into made-for-TV myths. The life and death of Pat Tillman is a case in point. Tillman made news long before he donned an Army uniform as a star defensive player for Arizona State University and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon. In April 2004 news broke that Cpl. Tillman had died in an ambush by 20 Taliban fighters. Early reports were that he had risked his life so others could live. Posthumously, he was awarded the Silver Star.
NEWS
September 2, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"The Tillman Story" has been endorsed by Michael Moore, but that's no reason to avoid seeing it. Yes, Amir Bar Lev's documentary probably inflates military incompetence, opportunism and butt-covering into a sinister conspiracy, but it also stands as a valuable piece of biography that illuminates the fascinating life of Pat Tillman. Tillman, of course, is the NFL star who dropped his enviable life of fame and lavish compensation and volunteered for the U.S. Army, serving with the Rangers in Iraq then Afghanistan, where he was killed in action by members of his own squad.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev. With Dannie Tillman, Pat Tillman Sr., and Stan Goff. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Running time: 1 hour, 34 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, mature themes) Showing at: Ritz at the Bourse
NEWS
May 11, 2004
I APPRECIATE the accomplishments of Stewart Elliott. But to call him "Our Hero" on the front page of the Daily News is excessive. Every time I turn around your paper is calling some unworthy individual a hero. Pat Tillman could be considered a hero. Someone who saves lives should be given the title hero. But here we are talking about a jockey ? a man who rides horses for a living. Since when is his career accomplishments hero-worthy? I strongly request that your paper refrain from such accolades and put this into proper perspective.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
The American Anton Corbijn's riveting, arty adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman stars George Clooney as a sharpshooting utility player in the hit-man game. R Going the Distance Winsome Drew Barrymore and winning Justin Long in a raunchily funny story about a couple divided by 3,000 miles and as many other obstacles. R The Tillman Story Pat Tillman gave up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan, reportedly ambushed by the Taliban but actually killed by friendly fire.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
April 21, 2013
Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water. Charley Hoffman 's quick start gave him a 2-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Saturday. Esteban Toledo , a rookie looking for his first win on the Champions Tour, has a 1-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. Mark Warren of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 to take a 2-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open in Valencia, Spain.
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January 30, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS spoke at a youth clinic in Hampton, Va., over the weekend. The kids learned a lot about baseball and even more about the Phillies shortstop. Rollins said that injuries he suffered in 2010 - when he played a little more than half a season's worth of games because of two calf strains - had a huge effect on the way he played in 2011. Physically, Rollins was in good shape at the beginning of last season. But mentally? According to dailypress.com, Rollins told the kids his 2010 injuries had a lingering impact.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2011
THERE IS pointed irony, no doubt, in the Super Bowl week DVD release of "The Tillman Story. " This is a first-rate documentary about Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinal safety who quit pro ball to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11, and was killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. The movie builds a circumstantial case for a conspiracy (ultimately futile) to cover up the events surrounding Tillman's death, a conspiracy that reaches high into the Bush administration. But the movie is more interesting for its unforgettable portrait of the freethinking, unclassifiable Tillman, described by a comrade as a "true American original," certainly a dwindling national resource.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
The American Anton Corbijn's riveting, arty adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman stars George Clooney as a sharpshooting utility player in the hit-man game. R Going the Distance Winsome Drew Barrymore and winning Justin Long in a raunchily funny story about a couple divided by 3,000 miles and as many other obstacles. R The Tillman Story Pat Tillman gave up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan, reportedly ambushed by the Taliban but actually killed by friendly fire.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was shot and killed in a mountain pass in Afghanistan. The initial reports said that Tillman - the Arizona Cardinals defensive safety who left the NFL and enlisted in the Army after the attacks of 9/11 - had died while valiantly defending his fellow Rangers when they were caught in a Taliban ambush. It was a tragic story, and a great one. Only problem: It wasn't true. Five weeks later, the Army announced that Tillman had been killed by U.S. gunfire, a terrible mistake attributed to "the fog of war. " But the spokesmen stuck to their story about the ambush, and the football star's valor in the heat of battle.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev. With Dannie Tillman, Pat Tillman Sr., and Stan Goff. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Running time: 1 hour, 34 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, mature themes) Showing at: Ritz at the Bourse
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon. In April 2004 news broke that Cpl. Tillman had died in an ambush by 20 Taliban fighters. Early reports were that he had risked his life so others could live. Posthumously, he was awarded the Silver Star.
NEWS
September 2, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"The Tillman Story" has been endorsed by Michael Moore, but that's no reason to avoid seeing it. Yes, Amir Bar Lev's documentary probably inflates military incompetence, opportunism and butt-covering into a sinister conspiracy, but it also stands as a valuable piece of biography that illuminates the fascinating life of Pat Tillman. Tillman, of course, is the NFL star who dropped his enviable life of fame and lavish compensation and volunteered for the U.S. Army, serving with the Rangers in Iraq then Afghanistan, where he was killed in action by members of his own squad.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2010
WHEN ARMY Spc. Russell Baer met Pat Tillman, he expected a "meathead. " Baer served in the same Ranger unit as Tillman, celebrated back home as the football star who quit the NFL and volunteered to serve in the Army after 9/11. "We like to put people boxes, and I was thinking: Meathead. Egotistical, testosterone-driven, chest-thumping male. And he was totally freaking different, an American original," said Baer, who was just yards from his buddy when Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
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