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Devil Dish: Tillman's currency was people

 by Kyle Odegard
 published on Monday, April 26, 2004

Kyle Odegard<br>THE STATE PRESS/issues/sports/671149
Kyle Odegard
THE STATE PRESS
 

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I had just one face-to-face encounter with Pat Tillman while he was playing football for the Cardinals, but it was a memorable one.

I was up in Flagstaff and went to see the team play a scrimmage at NAU's Walkup Skydome. After the game, the players sat at tables and signed autographs. Most of the Cardinals had their heads down and signed the memorabilia silently, but not Pat.

He gave each person a warm smile when they approached and held a short, but meaningful conversation. For a young fan like myself, Tillman's words meant more than any autograph could have.

Although his long hair and flamboyant play could fool a person at first glance, Pat Tillman was one of the few players who cared about something other than a pay check, and his presence will be sorely missed.

Reach the reporter at kyle.odegard@asu.edu.



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