DON'T Vote For Pat Tillman
Blackfive is asking everyone to vote for Pat Tillman for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Tillman turned down a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals to go and fight in Afghanistan, where he was killed in action.
Throughout it all Tillman did everything he could to avoid the limelight. He wanted to be treated like every other soldier. He didn't give interviews, and even enlisted in Denver to avoid the publicity he would have got had he enlisted in Phoenix.
Tillman didn't fight for medals and awards. He fought because he felt the call of duty. He looked at his NFL contract, at the promise of fame, fortune and wealth, and decided that he wanted to do something more important.
So I don't think it's a great idea to vote for Tillman. I think he'd be embarassed at the thought. Vote for Lance Armstrong. Vote for Tom Brady. Hell, vote for the US softball team. Tillman didn't die a football player. There would be little honour in that, with today's astronomical wages and prima donna personalities. He died a soldier, with more honour than the rest of us can hope for.
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