Pat Tillman Collectors Guide: Remembering An American Hero Through Football Cards
Each Fall, a Sunday afternoon takes on a whole new meaning as two teams take the field prepared to participate in 60 minutes of battle against each other. Following the events of September, 11th 2001, Pat Tillman did something no man ever has or will probably ever do again, he walked away from millions of dollars to play a game compared to warfare to participate in actual warfare.
As a society we are fascinated with heroes, idols, and those who are capable of doing things we ourselves cannot do. I cannot run a 40-yard dash in under 4.6 seconds, I have no idea what I bench press, I don't know how to call a non-Madden audible, I am not capable of a "pick 6", therefore, I cannot do the things an NFL Player can, the things Pat Tillman could do.
Pat Tillman was one of the NFL's elite safeties and had a chance to earn millions of dollars playing a game very few people are capable of playing, but Tillman was compelled to do something the everyday man could do, something any healthy 20-something is capable of doing, volunteering for the Armed Services.
In 2002, Tillman was one of the NFL's most sought after free agents. Instead of signing a 3.6 Million Dollar contract with the Cardinals, he signed with United States Army, believing that the same tools that allowed him to excel on the football field would be better served serving his country.
In 2004 Tillman was killed by friendly fire during a training drill. The circumstances of Tillman's death are not nearly as important as the circumstances of Tillman's life. At the time of his death, Tillman and his Brother Ryan were Army Rangers, a role designated to the bravest of the brave, the best of the best.
Below are the 5 football cards that capture a real American Hero on cardboard:
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2001 Upper Deck MVP Pat Tillman RC Rookie PSA 10 ASU
Tom Brady 2000 PACIFIC #403 RC + Pat Tillman 2001 Fleer Tradition #325RC+ Bonus
2001 Upper Deck MVP #7 Pat Tillman RC
Pat Tillman - 2001 Fleer Tradition RC BGS 9.5