Rob Moore, former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, remembers the late Pat Tillman and his willingness and desire to serve the United States.
Moore recalls a certain conversation where Tillman was disappointed in himself for not doing more for his country.
“I remember distinctly, one of the conversations we had was how disappointed he was in himself because his exact words were, ‘I haven’t done a damn thing. My grandfather fought in a war and his dad fought in a war and I’m just a football player. I haven’t done anything and that doesn’t sit well with me.’”
Upon hearing that Tillman had enlisted in the Army and would be deployed to Afghanistan, Moore had no room to be surprised.
“He expressed that he wanted to do something that mattered. That was important to him. He didn’t think he had done anything at that point.”
Despite knowing he would be placed in the middle of combat, Tillman joined with excitement to fulfill his calling. No longer satisfied with playing football, this was the one and only thing that could help fulfill his life’s purpose.
Moore added that Tillman left the Earth in a way that was suitable for him.
“I think that the way he left was who Pat Tillman was,” he said. “He’s a guy who was going to fight for the cause. He was fighting for something he truly believed in. He was trying to satisfy an urge in himself, something that hadn’t sat well with him. He wanted to give back and I think he went out in the way in which he wanted to, fighting for his country.”
Tillman was killed ten years ago due to a friendly fire accident in Afghanistan at the age of 27. Let’s remember him and his sacrifice on this Memorial Day.