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NFL | House critical of government in Tillman's death

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:46:12 -0700

Mike Fish, of ESPN.com, reports the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a report Monday, July 14, that is critical of a universal lack of recall by top White House and Defense Department officials about events surrounding the death of former NFL S Pat Tillman. A 49-page report states that top Bush administration officials, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, had stonewalled the investigation. The committee is expected to review and vote on the report Thursday, July 17.

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NFL | Raffle to aid Tillman foundation

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 13:05:43 -0800

Nicole Stewart, of The Arizona Republic, reports two businesses in Tempe, Ariz., are designing a one-of-a-kind motorcycle to raffle off in honor of former NFL S Pat Tillman. The motorcycle, which will take six months to build, will feature the number 40, along with a Silver Star and a Purple Heart to represent Tillman's honors in the United States Army. Proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

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NFL | White House accused of withholding documents in Tillman case

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 16:01:14 -0700

The Associated Press reports House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), the highest ranking Republican on the committee, believe that the White House is not relinquishing key documents about the friendly fire death of former NFL S Pat Tillman. The committee has asked the Defense Department and the White House to turn over more documents by July 25.

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NFL | Army officer's remarks draw query from Congressional investigators

Thu, 17 May 2007 21:25:58 -0700

The Associated Press reports Congressional investigators have asked a high-ranking general what punishment was given to an Army officer who investigated the death of former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman and later made remarks that offended his family. The query came in a letter Wednesday, May 16, from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel's chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, and ranking GOP member, Rep. Tom Davis, asked Gen. Carter F. Ham about remarks made by Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich questioning the religious faith of Tillman's parents. During an interview with ESPN.com last year, Kauzlarich argued that the Tillman family would not accept the previous Army findings "because of the absence of Christian faith in their lives." Davis and Waxman wrote, "We believe these statements were crass, insulting to the Tillman family, and completely inappropriate for an Army officer and an official representative of the U.S. military speaking to the press."

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NFL | Army Ranger ordered to keep quiet about Tillman's death

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 21:57:18 -0700

The Associated Press reports an Army Ranger who was with former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman when he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan said Tuesday, April 24, a commanding officer ordered him to keep quiet about what happened. Army Spc. Bryan O'Neal told a congressional hearing that when he got a chance to talk to Tillman's brother, "I was ordered not to tell him what happened."

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NFL | General suspected Tillman's death was friendly fire one week later

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 21:59:55 -0700

The Associated Press reports then-Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal suspected and warned there were strong indications that former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire. He warned President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the former player died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by the Associated Press. In a memo sent to a four-star general a week after Tillman's death, McChrystal warned that it was "highly possible" the Army Ranger was killed by friendly fire. " I felt that it was essential that you received this information as soon as we detected it in order to preclude any unknowing statements by our country's leaders which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman's death become public, " McChrystal wrote to Gen. John Abizaid April 20, 2004.

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NFL | Probe cites missteps in aftermath of Tillman death

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 20:53:50 -0700

The Associated Press reports a Pentagon investigation will recommend nine officers be held accountable for missteps in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, according to senior defense officials. Four generals are included in the list of nine officers. The Defense Department inspector genearl will cite a range of errors and inappropriate conduct as the military probed the former Arizona Cardinals safety's death, according to one defense official. The official requested anonymity because the Army has not publicly released the information. The official said it appears senior military leaders might not have had all the facts or worked hard enough to obtain the facts of what happened April 22, 2004, when Tillman was killed by members of his own platoon. According to officials, the report will not make charges or suggest punishments. It will recomment the Army look at holding the nine officers accountable.

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Cardinals | Team will induct Tillman into Ring of Honor Week 10

Sat, 11 Nov 2006 11:29:35 -0800

Doug Haller, of The Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals will induct former S Pat Tillman into their Ring of Honor during halftime of the Week 10 game. The team has already retired his jersey number.

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NFL | Tillman to receive honor

Thu, 25 May 2006 19:06:02 -0700

AzReporter.com reports former NFL S Pat Tillman will be honored with the Distinguished American Award. Tillman will become the award's 35th recipient, joining a list that includes Vince Lombardi, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Pete Rozelle and Tom Osborne. The award honors someone who has applied the character building attributes learned from amateur sport in their business and personal life, exhibiting superior leadership qualities in education, amateur athletics, business and in the community.

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Broncos | Races raises money for Tillman fund

Sat, 15 Apr 2006 17:52:24 -0700

The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer was one of more than 8,000 people who participated in the 4.2-mile "Pat's Run" on April 15, raising $350,000 for the foundation established to honor former NFL player Pat Tillman's memory.

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NFL | Plummer frustrated over investigation of Tillman's death

Wed, 05 Apr 2006 09:14:36 -0700

Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer said he has been frustrated about former NFL S Pat Tillman family's search for answers about Tillman's death. Tillman was killed in April of 2004 while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Rangers. The Pentagon has said a criminal investigation will be done, after the Army had said Tillman's death was accidental due to friendly fire. Plummer plans to contact NFL players in each of the league's cities in hopes of getting in touch with members of Congress in those states to try to push for answers. "It's just for his family after all they've been through," said Plummer, who was teammates with Tillman at Arizona State. "They want to know; it's been two years. Seeing Pat's brother, talking to his parents, I've just been thinking a lot about that."

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NFL | Staat enlists in the Marines

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:59:10 -0800

The Associated Press reports former NFL DL Jeremy Staat, former college teammate of the late Pat Tillman, gave up his NFL career to join the Marines. He graduated Friday, March 10, from the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot. His mother told the Chevron, a Marine Corps newspaper, that Staat was inspired to enlist in the military following the death of Tillman.

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NFL | Army to open investigation into Tillman's death

Sat, 04 Mar 2006 14:39:57 -0800

CNN reports the Pentagon has directed the Army to open a criminal investigation into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman. The Army has been ordered to determine if Tillman's death resulted from negligent homicide, sources said. Tillman's family demanded to know why his uniform and body armor were burned a day after he was killed and why they were not immediately told he might have been killed by fellow soldiers.

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NFL | No Tillman Cover up – Army

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 18:12:55 -0700

The Associated Press reports the U.S. Army said there was no effort to cover up the fact Pat Tillman died from friendly fire. They said the delay in reporting the facts in the case resulted from procedural errors. A statement from the Army's public affairs office Thursday, June 8, said Tillman's Ranger unit did not quickly tell the Pentagon the nature of his death on April 22, 2004 because the unit's leaders were waiting until their investigation was finished.

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NFL | Tillman to be Honored

Tue, 31 May 2005 19:52:01 -0700

HoustonTexans.com reports the late Pat Tillman will be inducted into the Impact Player Hall of Fame Sunday, June 5, at the Marriott Hotel in Sugar Land, Texas. The award honors individuals who have lived a life of serving others as well as highlighting the dedication and sacrifices of the severely wounded heroes of the War on Terror.

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NFL | Tillman's Family not Happy with the Army

Sun, 22 May 2005 21:13:43 -0700

Josh White, reports for the Washington Post, the family of ex-NFL player Pat Tillman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, spoke out for the first time in a year saying that the military's investigations about Tillman's death were a sham and that Army efforts to cover up the truth have made it harder for them to deal with their loss. Tillman's mother and father said in interviews that they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. His mother called the way Tillman died heartbreaking and tragic, but added the Army's lies afterwards were disgusting.

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NFL | Tillman Truth Hidden

Wed, 04 May 2005 06:02:17 -0700

Josh White, of the Washington Post, reports Army officials declined to tell the truth about former NFL player Pat Tillman's death until weeks after Tillman had been memorialized in a nationally televised service. The first Army investigator who looked into the death of Tillman found within days that he was killed by his fellow Rangers in an act of "gross negligence." Documents obtained by the Washington Post also showed that officers made erroneous initial reports that Tillman was killed by enemy fire, destroyed critical evidence and initially concealed the truth from Tillman's brother, also an Army Ranger. Seven soldiers were given administrative reprimands for their actions.

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Cardinals | Tillman Declined Discharge Prior to Death

Sat, 16 Apr 2005 20:38:30 -0700

Former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman was told four months before he was killed in Afghanistan by his agent that he could opt out of his military service, because NFL teams were interested in him, according to the Associated Press. "They all said the same thing," said Frank Bauer, Tillman's former agent. "'Frank, this kid can get out of it. He's already served in a war. Just file his discharge papers.' ... he said, 'No, I'm going to stay. I owe them three years. I'll do one more tour.' And that's the last I ever heard from Pat."

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NCAA | ASU retires Tillman's Jersey

Sun, 14 Nov 2004 09:27:44 -0800

The Associated Press reports Arizona State University retired the No. 42 jersey in honor of former alumnus and Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman Saturday, Nov. 13, who was killed in military action in Afghanistan last April.

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NFL | Settles Decal Dispute With Plummer

Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:44:01 -0700

Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer has agreed to remove a black decal from his helmet with former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman's jersey #40 that he wore in Week 5. In return, NFL officials have agreed to place an enlarged sticker with the #40 next to the play clock in the north end of INVESCO Field for the remainder of the season. Plummer will also record a public service announcement for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which was established in the wake of Tillman's April death during combat operations in Afghanistan. The message will be played twice per game during each of the Broncos' remaining home games. He will also speak in another announcement that will be played at all NFL stadiums on the weekend of Nov. 14 – three days after Veterans Day.

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Broncos | Plummer Removes Tillman Decal

Fri, 01 Oct 2004 21:35:06 -0700

Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer has removed the No. 40 decal he has worn on the back of his helmet honoring former Arizona Cardinals teammate Pat Tillman, according to the Associated Press. The league's long-standing policy prohibits personal messages on uniforms or helmets, and violators could face fines up to $5,000. "We do that because we need a consistent rule," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "You can't just pick and choose, and say one message is okay, but another isn't. Where would you draw the line?"

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NFL | All Teams to Honor Tillman

Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:35:56 -0700

Redskins.com reports in order to honor former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who was killed during combat in Afghanistan, all NFL players will wear a No. 40 decal—Tillman's uniform number—on their helmets this weekend to coincide with the Cardinals' home opener. The Cardinals will wear the No. 40 decal for the rest of the season.

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Cardinals | Tillman to be Honored in Opener

Wed, 14 Jul 2004 19:03:15 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals will honor former S Pat Tillman with a special halftime tribute during the team's home opener, according to the Associated Press. The ceremony, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 22 during a game against the New England Patriots, will also recognize other Arizonans who have died in the line of duty.

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NFL | Tillman Honored for Patriotism

Sat, 10 Jul 2004 10:15:08 -0700

The Associated Press reports former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who quit the NFL to join the military and was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year, was the recipient of the Audi Murphy Patriotism Award, an annual award presented over the Fourth of July celebration weekend. The award was given to the Tillman Foundation, formed to carry on Tillman's spirit and help families of soldiers killed overseas.

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NFL | Cruise to Introduce Tillman Tribute

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 19:39:31 -0700

The Associated Press reports actor Tom Cruise will introduce a tribute to late football star Pat Tillman (Cardinals) during the 12th annual ESPY Awards, July 14 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. "I am honored to take part in remembering and celebrating the life of Pat Tillman, someone whose courage and integrity I respect and admire," Cruise said in a statement. Tillman left the NFL's Arizona Cardinals to join the Army and was killed in Afghanistan on April 22. The ESPY Awards, which recognize excellence in the world of sports, will air July 18 on ESPN.

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NFL | Tillman Killed by Friendly Fire

Sat, 29 May 2004 09:53:47 -0700

Billy House, of the Republic Washington Bureau, reports former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who died fighting in Afghanistan last month, was likely killed by friendly fire, according to an Army investigation. "It does seem pretty clear that he was killed by friendly fire," said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "This does not take away one iota from the heroic nature and courage of the man. The source of that fire is of little consequence in terms of heroism."

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NFL | League Plans on Honoring Tillman This Season

Wed, 26 May 2004 10:53:19 -0700

The Associated Press reports the NFL plans on honoring former Arizona Cardinals DB Pat Tillman during the upcoming season. "We previewed some of the initial thinking we have about paying tribute," said NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. "The key thing here is to have a proper balance between respecting what Pat did and what all the other men and women of the military do."

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Cardinals | Tillman Freedom Plaza

Wed, 05 May 2004 02:18:39 -0700

AZCardinals.com reports the Arizona Cardinals have announced the plaza surrounding the perimeter of the new Cardinals' stadium, which opens in 2006, will be named "Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza."

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Browns | Unck Honors Tillman with Jersey Change

Tue, 04 May 2004 19:04:09 -0700

Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns LB Mason Unck has changed his jersey number from No. 53 to No. 40 in honor of former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who died during combat in Afghanistan while serving with the Army Rangers on April 22. Unck, currently playing with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, first met Tillman on a recruiting trip to Arizona State in 1997. The two remained friends for the next several years. The Galaxy linebacker will keep the jersey number throughout the rest of the NFL Europe season.

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NFL | Tillman Remembered

Mon, 03 May 2004 19:13:08 -0700

Updating a previous report, Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports a memorial service was held for former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman on Monday, May 3, in San Jose, Calif. Tillman died during combat in Afghanistan while serving with the Army Rangers on April 22. Amongst the speakers to eulogize Tillman were Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer, a teammate for seven seasons – three at Arizona State from 1994-96, and later with the Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2001, California First Lady Maria Shriver, U.S. Senator John McCain, radio talk-show host Jim Rome, Pat's brother Richard Tillman, and Tillman's friends and fellow serviceman. "As a teammate he led by example," Plummer said. "He was all-out, every play. Whether it was practice or the game, he had an intensity that you can't describe. That was an inspiration to everybody that played with Pat (and) it was an inspiration to those who watched Pat."

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Cardinals | Tillman Memorial Service

Fri, 30 Apr 2004 10:57:51 -0700

AZCardinals.com reports On Monday, May 3, the Tillman family will hold a public memorial service for Cpl. Pat Tillman at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose, California at 3 p.m.

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NFL | Tagliabue Honors Tillman at NFL Draft

Sat, 24 Apr 2004 10:03:15 -0700

Barry Wilner, of the Associated Press, reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue honored Pat Tillman, who died Thursday night, April 22, in military action over in Afghanistan, at the NFL Draft Saturday, April 24. Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinals safety, decided to join the Army Rangers following the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. "Pat Tillman personified the best values of America and of the National Football League,'' Tagliabue said, flanked by five Marines. "Like other men and women protecting our freedom around the globe, he made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life for his country.''

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NFL | Tillman Killed in Afghanistan

Fri, 23 Apr 2004 08:04:08 -0700

NFL.com reports former NFL S Pat Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan Friday, April 23. Tillman turned down a lucrative contract with the Arizona Cardinals so that he could join the Army Rangers.

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