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We end our time today with the only true American hero on the list.
Pat Tillman was, and is, the greatest person ever to don a Cardinals uniform. He will forever be remembered not for the way in which he played the game of football, but for what he sacrificed so that we all can enjoy Sunday afternoons in the fall.
Without men like Patrick Daniel Tillman, the very freedoms you and I take for granted every day of our lives could be considered impossibilities.
“My great grandfather was at Pearl Harbor, and a lot of my family has gone and fought in wars, and I really haven’t done a damn thing as far as laying myself on the line like that,” Tillman said in an interview the day after the September 11 attacks.
Tillman left the NFL following the 2001 season, leaving a three-year, $3.6 million contract offer from the Cardinals on the table to bravely serve our country.
He died by friendly fire on April 22, 2004.
Having just celebrated Memorial Day, you all should have already thanked at least one veteran for his or her service. If you have not, do it now.
I feel I need to end this by personally thanking every hero I know who has served—or is serving—in the United States military. Forgive me if I forget one of you.
Grandpa William Hoffman (RIP)
Grandpa Bernard Church
Uncle Tim Church
James Biondolillo (RIP)
Heather Marie Showalter
Gerard Catalano, Jr.
Timothy N Matteson
Timothy L Matteson
Thank you all for your service.