Arizona State University and its football program have unveiled the long-awaited Pat Tillman statue outside of Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
On hand for the ceremony was Tillman’s family, including his motherand brother.
The statue itself included a quote from the late-great Tillman himself.
“Somewhere inside, We hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.”
Tillman starred for the Sun Devils from 1995-97 before he was ultimately selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
After just four seasons in the NFL, Tillman retired from the game of football to join the Army Rangers. The events of September 11th played a major role in Tillman’s decision to leave millions on the table.
Ultimately, Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April of 2004. He was just 27-years-old.
There was some controversy as to whether the selfless Tillman—who walked away from millions in the NFL to defend his country—would want this honor to be bestowed upon him.
But considering that his family was in attendance on Wednesday, that can be thrown out the window.
Wow, maybe someone should send this video to Colin Kaepernick to remind him to be the change we want to see in the world.