Pat Tillman: Football Player, Soldier And American Hero

Pat Tillman: Football Player, Soldier And American Hero

Following the events of 9/11, a brave player joined the front lines in favor of serving his country.
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Everywhere in America today, citizens will be mourning the loss of loved ones, family members, and friends that perished on this day in 2001, or perhaps perished in result of the events of 9/11 and the war that followed. This Sunday, people will also be watching football and having barbecues while cheering on their favorite teams, and probably talking about the most current controversial football player since Tim Tebow - Colin Kaepernick. Today, however, we shouldn't be talking about Kaepernick and his attempt at a political statement. I'd like to go back a few years and talk about another player who made history on and off the field - Pat Tillman.

Regardless of your personal thoughts on the NFL players' death, conspiracy theories or not, he did a heroic thing. After the events of 9/11, Tillman left his new wife and a $3.6 million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals and enlisted to fight for his country in June of 2002. He served with his brother Kevin, who had turned down a contract with a major league baseball team in favor of following his brother into battle. After only two years of serving on the front lines in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, Tillman was killed by what was later revealed to be friendly fire. Despite rumors and conspiracies surrounding his death, Tillman is only the second NFL player to be killed in action since Bob Kalsu, who died in the Vietnam War in 1970. Following his death, Tillman received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals. The Arizona Cardinals have since retired the number 40, and the Pat Tillman Foundation has been formed which gives educational scholarships to veterans and their families.

So, why did he do it? Many normal would not readily give up their lives in favor of serving in the military, and I'm sure there's far less who would leave a life of happiness and luxury and a $3.6 million dollar paycheck to do such. Perhaps the only answer is that he did it because he felt it was his duty. The attack on 9/11 shook our country like nothing ever has before, and the effects of that day are still felt today, tomorrow, and will be for years to come. Today is not about football, but about all of the brave men and women who died on this fatal day and those who then went on to serve our country. So please, when the National Anthem is played onscreen around the nation today, think of Pat Tillman and all of the others lost, and consider standing.

"Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of the person we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow." - Pat Tillman

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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