Arizona State Unveils A Statue We May All Be Able To Agree On
Arizona State University revealed its latest addition to Sun Devil Stadium yesterday: a statue of fallen former player Pat Tillman.
Scholar. Athlete. Family Man.
Hero. #PT42 pic.twitter.com/UpBTRqpPlD
— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) August 31, 2017
Pat Tillman played for ASU from 1993-1997 and was a 7th round draft pick for the Arizona Cardinals. He played safety until September 11, 2001, when he gave up his million dollar contract to become an Army Ranger.
He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 by friendly fire.
Tillman has become something of a legend at ASU. Todd Graham, the current head coach, has reportedly remained close to the Tillman family and mandated that every wall in the new ASU athletic building features a photo or commemoration of the fallen hero.
The statue, which is located in the north end zone, will serve as a reminder for character and resilience. Coach Graham says players will run out and touch the statue at the beginning of every game, which he hopes will become a longstanding tradition.
The Tillman statue also features a plaque with his quotation on it, reading “somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us and whether or not to follow.”
A new tradition for @FootballASU begins with the unveiling of the Tillman statue. #PT42 https://t.co/hyPms782o2 pic.twitter.com/zQjSJPyC4K
— AZ State University (@ASU) August 31, 2017
Coach Graham continued, “We talk a lot about brotherhood and how important his family was to him. What type of son he was, what type of brother he was, what type of teammate he was. He is the only person that is on every wall.”
I’ve been wrong before, but I think this is a statue everybody can get behind. Pat Tillman is an American hero. He walked away from millions of dollars and a lifelong dream to protect our country and all the rights that come along with it.
He didn’t about play time and the National Anthem at the NFL headquarters on Fifth Ave. Tillman went abroad where there were real problems and actually did something about it.
Maybe we stop revering Kaepernick as a “hero” for one day and stop to thank the person who willingly walked away from a hefty contract to serve the greater good. Unfortunately, I’m worried not even Tillman’s sacrifice and memory will be enough to stop everybody for complaining.