Former NFL star Pat Tillman, who turned down a mulitmillion-dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army after the Sept. 11 sneak attacks by terrorists, was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, April 22, 2004, officials said Friday. He was 27. An Army Ranger, he died during a firefight with anti-coalition militia forces about 25 miles southwest of a U.S. military base at Khost, which has been the scene of frequent attacks. Two other U.S. soldiers on the combat patrol were injured, and an Afghan soldier fighting with the Americans was killed. Tillman played four seasons with the Cardinals before enlisting in the Army for three years in May 2002. The safety turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from Arizona. This photo shows Tillman in 1998 after making a big tackle in a game against the New Orleans Saints.
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