On this Memorial Day, I thought about Pat Tillman. Remember him? He was the former Arizona Cardinal safety who turned down a multi-million dollar NFL contract to enlist in the US Army. He would be killed in action in 2004 in Afghanistan.
What comes to mind is not merely what he gave up to enlist in the military. That alone carries enough credibility to the character of this young man. But I was additionally impressed with the fact that this guy didn’t just do things. He challenged himself and bulldozed through all obstacles. He was a 5′ 11″ linebacker at Arizona St. That is too small for big time college football. He earned a scholarship, became the PAC 10 Defensive Player of the Year, maintained a 3.8 GPA, and got drafted.
He also graduated in 3 1/2 years.
Think about this. It is one thing to decide to enlist in the Army. It is another thing to want to be a part of the elite Ranger unit. Tillman never just did things – who wanted to dominate. His legacy motivates me in my life to try to do a lot more and to challenge my self, and dominate.
It is with the utmost respect and appreciation to all the military servicemen past and present, that I say “Thank you”.