By Braddah Lance
Yeah, you heard me.... well, just recently pilau.
If you're not a Cardinals fan or haven't heard about Pat Tillman it's not a wonder why. He's basically a no name player that till today the majority of people who remember him most are his teammates, those with Arizona ties or just a diehard Cardinals fan.
Basically in a nutshell, he left the NFL to serve his country shortly after 9/11.
But that's just the tip of da beak.
He turned down a 5 year $9 million dollar contract to play for the St.Louis Rams early in his career... out of loyalty to the Arizona Cardinals. Before being deployed to Iraq, he turned down a 3 year $3.6 million dollar contract - he was only making $512,000 prior. He then served not one but TWO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And it all ended with three bullets to his head during a devastating enemy firefight.
Sorry, he was killed by friendly fire.... at least that's the story that's being stuck with. The controversy surrounding Tillman's death is so murky that they are still sorting it out.
So wat's all da hu-hu about?
Well considering da whole state of Arizona memorialized Pat Tillman with tributes continuing till this day and in so many ways, it's almost fairytale-like dat the Arizona Cardinals reached da promise land of da NFL - The Super Bowl! They
Wat would be a greater tribute than to acknowledge a player like Pat Tillman in the single most watched game in the world?
Well we'll nevah know cause the NFL doesn't want anything to do with it.... not even a blurb!
WASSAP WIT DAT!
Not a moment of silence, not a patch to be sewn on the Cardinals Super Bowl jersey (we'll see), not a programming note.... nada for da Super Bowl in any mention. What if it was a marquee player like Tom Brady or Tony Romo? I bet there would be something then.
Now this is coming from a sport that has missing man fly overs, ROTC marches, the American flag waving high and proud above every single stadium and the National Anthem sung before every game.... GO FIGGAH?!
You're talking about a man who gave up his - would be profitable - career to help defend our country in a time of need. He served not one but two tours and the NFL can't even do a shout out?! I can bet (hope) da announcers will mention something and I'm more than certain his teammates will have something brewing on their own privately (so not to get fined by the league).
Like President Obama is doing for The United States, the National Football League too needs a person to look up too instead of gun wielding, club fighting, public outcry for not touching the ball enough crybaby lo-lo's.
So come Super Bowl Sunday as the National Anthem finishes up and the fly over passes (as cameras pan on the US Flag), I'll raise my glass to Corporal Pat Tillman letting him know I got his back....
Cause da NFL sure didn't.