Pat Tillman was considered by many to be a hero when he put a promising NFL career on hold nearly two years ago to enlist in the Army. A safety with the Arizona Cardinals, he sacrificed a three-year, $3.6 million contract because he wanted to volunteer for the Rangers, the elite special forces group, and fight terrorism.
Now Sgt. Tillman has made the ultimate sacrifice.
He was killed while with his unit, part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, hunting for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan, it was announced yesterday. He was 27.