By now you’ve probably all heard about the death in combat of former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman. Half a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, he joined the Army to defend his country. He was killed in action in Afghanistan last Thursday.

SI.com ran this story on Tillman. It has a nice picture of Tillman in uniform.

This guy gave up one of the coolest gigs in the world–one that pays millions, to boot–to defend his country. He sought no publicity and didn’t duck combat like prior celebrities (including one of my favorites, Elvis). He joined the army because he felt it was the best way to keep his family and country safe. He did something I didn’t have the guts to do, and he left behind a salary several orders of magnitude greater than mine.

The NFL ought to retire this guy’s number.

Others have said it better than me, so I won’t go on any longer. I tip my hat to a hero.

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