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Pat Tillman was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played safety for the Cardinals for four seasons. But after September 11, 2001, Tillman left the team to join the military. He enlisted in the Army in 2002 and soon joined the elite Rangers. Tillman served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in 2004, he was killed in Afghanistan in a friendly fire incident.

Text: Dante A. Ciampaglia
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