Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/23/13
Former Arizona Cardinals' safety, Corporal Patrick Daniel Tillman died nine years ago today, while serving a tour in Afghanistan. Initial reports said that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, but later it was ruled as "friendly fire".Tillman began his college career at Arizona State University as a linebacker in 1994. In spite of being small for his position (5-foot-11), Tillman surpassed the expectations everyone had of him. In his junior year, not only did he help his team go undefeated and lead them to the Rose Bowl, he was voted PAC-10 defensive player of the year. During his college years, he received many awards and eventually was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 2010.In 1998, Tillman was selected as the 226th pick in the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Tillman started 10 of the 16 games in his rookie season as a safety, not as a linebacker. Out of pure loyalty to the Cardinals, Tillman turned down a five-year, $9 million contract offer from the St. Lo...
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