Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza
This statue honoring Pat Tillman Memorial was dedicated shortly after his death. Pat Tillman was an NFL player who was so moved by the tragic events of September 11th that he enlisted into the United States Army. Tillman played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2001 after being drafted by the team in the 7th round of the 1998 draft. Prior to entering the NFL, Tillman was a decorated defensive player for nearby Arizona State University.
Backstory and Context
Tillman's decision to leave a lucrative career in professional football remains an inspiring tale despite its tragic ending. Many Americans proudly wear his jersey as a statement that transcends football. The Cardinals retired Tillman's #40 jersey in honor of him and his service to both the team and the United States. The team owners created the Pat Tillman Monument and Freedom Plaza to further honor Tillman as a Cardinals player and as a member of the US Army.