Today is the 16th anniversary of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s death. Former NFL player Pat Tillman left his professional football career behind to enlist in the U.S. Army after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He served with the 75th Ranger Regiment from June 2002 until he was killed less than two years later on April 22, 2004, when he was hit by friendly fire – a grave mistake not known until after an investigation.
This article originally was published on April 23, 2004 Pat Tillman, the overachieving NFL player who walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract so he could serve his country as a member of the U.S. Army’s elite Rangers unit, was killed in action in southeastern Afghanistan on this date in 2004.
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