He graduated from my high school a few years before I came in. The great this is that he showed people (particularly around my area) that my school does not have snotty smart rich kids as many other schools in my area see us, but people that actually put others infront of their own want.
It's really strange seeing like 50 news trucks parked outside your school...and then seeing you're teachers on CNN.
I agree that Pat Tillman was a real American hero who unselfishly gave everything, including his life to serve the American people for what he believed in. His story is brought to us because he was somewhat famous and had a fantastic career in public before him that he willingly gave up for us. I hope that everyone also thinks of all the other men and women that have also laid down their lives and those that still serve, committed to the beliefs that we are serving the greater good of not only our country, but that of mankind. While the others may not have had multi-million dollar careers that they turned their back on to serve, they still served and gave up family, friends, and careers. Pat Tillmans greatest gift to America is to show that he and others gave everything they had for us.
What he did was great, but it's unfair that he's going to get so much praise for fighting in the same war that hundreds of other men and women will die anomymously in? Don't they deserve the recognition too, even though they weren't football stars?
Let me try to explain it from the point of view from someone who lives where he was raised and went to school.
Our school has a reputation of being a "rich, smart school" because of the area it is located in. Yes, people do have money as the average house here is around a million or so, and because of this, the children are supposed to attend their neighborhood school, which means there is the reputation of the "smart rich kid who's parents bought them their own Jag"
Many people, when I tell them what school I go to respond with "ooh that school with all the rich kids?" The thing is that it isn't so. People only see us as caring only for ourselves and our material posessions, but Pat showed that this isn't what my area is about. Sure, there maybe a few of those self centered people, but Pat turned down a multi million dollar contract, which almost anyone would have taken if they had gotten such a great opportunity, left his soon to be wife to go fight for his country. Not only did he do this, but he did not want any publicity...because he DID see himself as an ordinary man fighting as everyone else was, and DIDN'T want the recognition. When the 50 news trucks came to my school after the nation heard about the death, the teachers respected his wishes, and did not want to play him up as some "great war hero". The fact is that Pat was not the streotypical "rich kid" but instead showed the nation that there are things more important than what you own. Perhaps if he wanted publicity for this, it would not be the case, but the fact that such a known figure died in the war made it national news. True, people die every day and do not get the same recogniton, but people don't understand that Pat DIDN'T want the recognition, because he knew he was no better.
You did a great job in explaining that, I believe that this has shown a number of people who have alot and want for more that there is much more to life than belongings. Its sad that a life has to be losted for some lessons to be taught but everyone has a different plan that has been chosen for them . Pat plan will make many people better because of the rode he chose.
Prayers to his family