We Need More People Like This. 

We Need More People Like This.

I'd like to take a serious side today, because after coming back from the speech tournament I saw this on Drudge. It sounds corny, but I am humbled by this man's sacrifice for our country:

Pat Tillman walked away from a million dollar contract to serve his country in Afghanistan after September 11th. This past week he died on Thursday night durign a firefight in Afgahnistan. At 27, this person embodies the best of our society. All what is good and honorable is esteemed by the conduct of the individual I desire to honor. An unselfish, honorable, passionate, courageous and strong man who stood up for the service of his country. A person such as this will never be forgotton- at least not by me.

Pat Tillman, 27, Army Rangers.
#40 for the Arizona Cardinals

Have a great day guys,
We live in a wonderful country-


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Comment I feel that the primary reason why we see such intensified media coverage on the death of Pat Tillman is because of the celebrity idolizing nature of our nation. In no way am I trying to diminish the priceless contribution of Tillman to our nation, but the reason why media coverage is intensified is because he is a football player. I personally feel that there is nothing wrong with the intense media coverage of his death because it helps us Americans recognize the sacrifices these men and women make for our security. The death of Tillman creates great sorrow in Americans because many felt a personal connection with him because they knew and watched him for 16 games a year for 5 seasons. Naturally fans identify and revere their heroes on the gridiron because the celebrity idolization nature of our society. We watch these men frequently on TV and we create an artificial kinship with these athletes. That is the reason why people are very emotional about Tillman. It???s not out of a lack of respect that he is covered in the news more, it just because more people can identify with him because he is a celebrity figure who played in the NFL. Let us hope that his death is a reminder to the struggles our soldiers encounter to make our country safer. I support our brave troops and our President in their fight for our future.

Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:52 pm MST by George Andrews

Comment i read about him on ESPN, and the reporter said something that i liked. he said, "What does a hero look like? Sometimes you dont know until you lose one." Pat Tillman was definately a hero, and even though he gets more publicity, the others out there like him are as well

Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:22 pm MST by Tom

Comment I agree with you decruz, i think that guy was an awesome individual. So many people nowadays have nothing going for them, but still refuse to serve in the military. This guy's the total opposite, he was living the American dreamand gave it all up to fight for his country. This man's story should be an inspiration to all of us.

Sat Apr 24, 2004 12:45 pm MST by Jorge Perez

Comment You know... I agree, but disagree. First off this person was already part of the military before he signed up for the NFL, which means he had already signed a contracting binding him to defend his country no matter what the circumstances where surrounding him leaving... wether that be he was running for president or in this case playing in the NFL. I will not deny that he is well deserving of a "honorable mention" but not because he left his country like millions of other people in our times, but because he died fighting for this country. We should not praise people who offer themselves up to the military and then give them priase for levaing there day jobs.. what ever that maybe. I mean i never got a thank you card for making sure the military gets food... or these people have a place to stay over in these other countries... what because its expected of me to understand that my money is going towards this use... Its expected of the service men and women to know that there number may be called up at any time or day.

Sat Apr 24, 2004 10:35 am MST by wacko

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