Yep...Rangers kick some serious ### too. http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/s...022292013.shtmlHe was a Ranger right? Seems more likely it would be Afghanistan... although I'm sure the Rangers are involved in Iraq as well.
I hope he went down proper....screaming in a barrage of muzzle flashes taking a half dozen of those mother####ers with him. :cX:Athlete trades NFL glamour for Army
There are times we do not need a scoreboard to know who the champion is. Nor a television highlight to find the hero.
At such a moment, someone stands tall, too gallant to miss.
Here is one of them. His name is Pat Tillman.
Until this week, he was a pro football player. One facemask among the hundreds. A safety for the Arizona Cardinals, with a new contract waiting on the table that would pay him millions.
Now he is unique. A professional athlete standing alone. He will not take the contract. He will not play. He will pass on the fame, the fortune, the charter jets, the Sunday roars. The comfortable and lavish and glaring life.
He’s joining the Army
He wants to serve his country. He wants to be a Ranger. He is 25 years old, so it is now or never.
Some will look at this in wonder. Some will look and wonder about his sanity. But whatever the special force within that calls Pat Tillman, the NFL took second place.
I am trying to think of another case in recent years to match this. A young, established professional athlete, with much of his career ahead, walking away from it all to put his life on the line.
I can think of none.
But to study Tillman’s past is to sense someone extraordinary.
He is only 5-11.
But he was determined enough to be a linebacker for a Rose Bowl team at Arizona State, accomplished enough to be drafted by Arizona.
He was offered a $9 million, multiyear contract last year by St. Louis.
But he turned it down for less money because he thought he owed his loyalty to the Cardinals.
Driven by duty
Now he has other plans. Whether it was Sept. 11 or something more, Tillman is driven by a sense of duty.
The last months of terror and warnings have been stark reminders of how deadly a world is out there.
Someone has to protect us.
Someone may have to save us.
Pat Tillman, who just came home from his honeymoon, wants to help do it.
I will think of Tillman the next time an athlete or owner oozes greed. The next time they want more and more still, wishing to be treated as if they are bastions of the republic.
They are not. Men and women like Pat Tillman are.
The nominations for man of the year in the sports world are now closed. We have a winner, even if it is not yet June.
He is not going to training camp. He is going to boot camp. And after that, well ... God be with him.
I agree. My heart goes out to his family and all of the others defending our country.The Rams open up against Arizona in St. Louis. I hope that there is some sort of tribute.If there's any jersey that I'd like to buy, it would be a Tillman jersey. I hope the NFL still makes them.
get out of Afghanistan? BTW: Pat Tillman was a MAN. A man's man. Someone to be admired .... this role model will be missed, as there are too few of them (in the national spotlight) to go around.Yet another reason for us to get the hell out of there!
Yet another reason to stay and finish the job.Pat Tillman gave up millions to fight, and die, for what he believed in. I don't think he would have liked the idea of pulling out because he was killed, kind of seems contrary to everything he stood for.Can't give enough credit to him and the rest of our armed services personnel for the sacrifices they make to protect our freedoms, and the freedom of others.RIPYet another reason for us to get the hell out of there!
RIP Pat Tillman -- Al Qaeda gave the U.S. no choice, and I sincerely appreciate your willingness to sacrifice yourself for all of us. I and my family mourn your loss.Even the best weapon is an unhappy tool,hateful to living things.So the follower of the WayStays away from it.Weapons are unhappy tools,not chosen by thoughtful people,to be used only when there is no choice, and with a calm, still mind,without enjoyment.To enjoy using weapons is to enjoy killing people, and to enjoy killing people,is to lose your share in the common good.It is right that the murder of many peoplebe mourned and lamented.It is right that a victor in warbe received with funeral ceremonies. -- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching