NFL & Cardinals honor Pat Tillman

The NFL and the Arizona Cardinals will honor Pat Tillman with several tributes throughout the 2004 season

The National Football League and Arizona Cardinals will honor Pat Tillman who was killed in military combat this spring in the Middle East, with several tributes during the 2004 season and by teaming with the Pat Tillman Foundation, it was announced today.

Tillman left the NFL in 2002 to join the U.S. Army Rangers with his brother Kevin. Tillman served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before being killed April 22 in the Khost province of Afghanistan during a firefight with insurgents. He is the first NFL player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War. He is the first NFL player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War and the first NFL veteran to receive the Silver Star, one of the nation's highest honors for gallantry, valor and heroism, since World War II.

The NFL and the Cardinals are working closely with the Tillman family and the Pat Tillman Foundation to salute the fallen hero during the 2004 season and beyond.

Players on all 32 teams will wear a No. 40 decal – Tillman's Cardinals uniform number – on their helmets during the second regular season weekend of games (September 19-20). The Cardinals, who will wear the decal all season, play their home opener on September 19 against the New England Patriots. Tillman also will be honored posthumously by a special halftime tribute that will recognize other Arizonans who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their country.

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