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Pat Tillman, American non-commissioned officer, retired professional football player. Decorated Silver Star (posthumously) United States Army, Purple Heart (posthumously); named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year, 1997, All-Pro, Sports Illustrated, 2000; recipient Arthur Ashe Courage Award, 2003, United States Sports Academy Humanitarian award (posthumously), 2004, Distinguished American award, National Football Foundation, 2006.


Tillman, Pat was born on November 6, 1976 in San Jose, California, United States. Son of Mary and Pat Tillman.


Bachelor summa cum laude, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1994—1998.


Linebacker Arizona State University Sun Devils, 1994—1997. Professional football player Arizona Cardinals, Tempe, Arizona, 1998—2002. Corporal United States Army, 2002—2004.


  • Achievements include choosing to enlist in the army over a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals. Member of the elite Army Rangers in Afghanistan. On April 22, 2004, as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Lewis, Washington, was killed during a combat mission in Afghanistan.

    Arizona State University Sun Devils retired #42 on November 13, 2004. Arizona Cardinals retired #40 on September 19, 2004. Placed name & number in the Arizona Cardinal's Ring of Honor & also named the plaza that surrounds the stadium as the Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza, which includes a bronze statue of Tillman on November 12, 2006.

    Pat Tillman United Service Organizations Center opens in Afghanistan on April, 2005.


Married Marie Tillman.

Mary Tillman

Pat Tillman

Marie Tillman.