In April 2004 Pat Tillman tragically lost his life in Afghanistan while taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom. Tillman, a member of the U.S. Army Rangers, put his lucrative NFL career on hold in the Spring of 2002 to serve his country.
A seventh-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 1998, Tillman soon became the starting safety and broke the team's franchise record for tackles in 2000 with 224. Visitors to the Hall of Fame can learn more about Tillman and see his U.S. Army Ranger jacket as well as a jersey worn by him that is on display in the Hall's traveling exhibit, Pro Football and the American Spirit: The NFL and the U.S. Armed Forces. The maquette seen in the dislay is a replica of the statue displayed at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ and was donated to the Hall by the Bidwill family.
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