This Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII will be a tribute to Pat Tillman. When the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs play, four scholars from the Pat Tillman Foundation will act as captains for the coin toss.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was started to honor the former NFL player, who Arizona picked up in the seventh round. Before he got into the league, Tillman played for Arizona State University.
From 1998 to 2001, he played in the NFL. In his short time with the Cardinals, Tillman got All-Pro votes in 2000, which got the attention of the rest of the league.
Donna Kelce was happy to hear that so many fans wanted her to flip the coin at the Super Bowl, but she says it won’t happen.
The NFL will honor Pat Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinal who left sports to become an Army Ranger after the 9/11 attacks. He died in 2004. Tweet Given Below
While she was pleased so many fans wanted her to flip the coin at the Super Bowl, Donna Kelce says it's not going to happen.
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“Pat Tillman made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we are committed to ensuring that his life and legacy are forever honored and celebrated across the entire NFL family,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release.
“Pat loved football, but most importantly, he was grounded in service to others and making a difference in this world. We are so proud of the Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Scholar’s program whose mission is to help leaders make real change. These four Tillman Scholars have done just that and we are honored to have them join us on the field to represent the Pat Tillman Foundation as this year’s coin toss captains.”
How Did Pat Tillman Die? Was He Killed By Friendly Fire?
After the September 11 attacks, Tillman put his NFL career on hold in 2002 to join the United States Army. But he died tragically in Afghanistan in 2004. It is thought that friendly fire killed him.
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