The cover of the September 11 issue of Sports Illustrated
asks us to remember Pat Tillman
certainly does. Tillman had a $3.6 million contract to play safety for the Arizona Cardinals in 2001. After September 11 he left professional football for the U.S. Army. In April 2004 he was killed in Afghanistan
Pat Tillman went to war, not out of legal compulsion, but out of love of country and a profound sense of duty. For this choice, he paid with his life. The least that can be asked of those among us who draw so much pleasure from football is to pause, if only for a moment, and remember him.
And so we do.