While Memorial Day is a joyful day of barbecues, beach trips and relaxation. It’s also important to take a moment and remember the actual reason for the holiday: honoring those men and women who have died serving our country.

Countless athletes have died in the service to our military, but one athlete’s name that is best known by NFL fans is Pat Tillman. In May 2002, eight months after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Tillman walked away from a three year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. army.

Tillman died on April 22, 2004 outside the village of Sperah, in Afghanistan. So between helpings of barbecue today, take a moment and think of him, as well as all the others who died serving our country.


Today marks 10 years since the death of Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back who walked away from millions to join the military.

Eight months after the September… 11 attacks, Tillman left the Cardinals to join the Army. The 27-year-old was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.

In their haste to make Tillman a post-9/11 hero, the Army falsely claimed that he was killed “in the line of devastating enemy fire.” But it was later revealed that he was killed by ‘friendly fire.’

It’s still not clear who shot him, except that it was likely by one of three army rangers. And, for the first time, one of those rangers is speaking about what happened that day.

Steven Elliott told ESPN last week he can’t shake the fact that it might be his fault. He’s apologized to the Tillman family, but says saying sorry feels inadequate.

This weekend, thousands of people across the country will walk or run 4.2 miles in the annual Pat’s Run. In Arizona, the race will end at the 42-yard line at Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman started his football career as No. 42.

The event has helped the Pat Tillman Foundation give back to military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships.

More than 290 scholars have helped carry on Pat’s legacy in the past decade, according to the Pat Tillman Foundation’s website.

“Somewhere inside, we hear a voice,” Tillman once said. “It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.”

Pat Tillman was a man willing to sacrifice anything for a better cause. And because of that, his legend will live forever.

Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer: Fourth NFL Player Arrested For Domestic Violence This Past Week

Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer: Fourth NFL Player Arrested For Domestic Violence This Past Week

Dwyer in September, 2012 playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CBS Evening News has just reported Arizona Cardinals Running Back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested for domestic violence. The charges include aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911.

CONFIRMED: AZ Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested for domestic violence. Charges: -aggravated assault -preventing someone from…

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