Not many professional athletes would leave behind millions of dollars to serve their nation, but that is exactly what NFL player Pat Tillman did. After the 2001 season ended, Tillman left the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army in response to the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2004, Tillman died in Afghanistan after being shot by friendly fire. Tillman was awarded with a Silver Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.
Photo: Mike Powell
Photo: Mike Powell

Trump immigration restrictions draw response from sports world

President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to limit immigration and temporarily ban refugees until additional vetting procedures drew a lot of reaction across the country over the weekend, and the sports world was not exempt. 

The widow of late NFL star Pat Tillman was among the critics to lash out at the president’s order, joining Nike and others. 

Tillman left pro football to enlist in the Army and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.

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