"When the Arizona State football players head out of the locker room tonight to run onto the field, they'll pass a large photo of former Sun Devils linebacker Pat Tillman a ... killed in Afghanistan in 2004 serving for the U.S. military"
ASU has turned Pat Tillman into a lifeless patriotic icon (# 42) of “heroic sacrifice”, instead of celebrating his complex reality (e.g. the man who told a fellow Ranger in Iraq that “This war is so ----ing illegal!). They’ve enshrined Pat Tillman as an icon, while the man has fallen by the wayside. We should remember the “… armed forces is not all about glory. It's about secrets, lies and death, too.”
Instead, we should honor Pat Tillman’s legacy by honoring the man, not the myth. The iconoclast, not the icon. As his mother said in 2004,“Pat would have wanted to be remembered as an individual, not as a stock figure or political prop. Pat was a real hero, not what they used him as.” Portraying Pat’s Legacy as a patriotic fable (omitting that the truth of his friendly-death was covered up by the Pentagon & how they used him as a propaganda tool) dishonors his memory. Pat lived his life with honesty and integrity. I believe the least ASU could do in return is to portray Pat’s Legacy with the same honesty and integrity with which he lived his life.
For details, see the December 2012 post,“THE [MISSING] PAT TILLMAN LEGACY”-- The Pat Tillman Foundation & the NFL’s Betrayal of Pat Tillman, at the Feral Firefighter blog.