Pat Tillman is a person unlike any other I have known or heard of. And when I say this I'm not trying to downplay any of the other people who have ever served and survived or lost their lives for this country and all it stands for.
But how many people who have served, perished or not, would have done what he did given his situation? How many of those people or anyone else (I know I wouldn't have) yourself or anyone you know would have VOLUNTEERED to give up a life of luxury, fun, and fame to put yourself in a position of submissive, disciplinary duty where you could lose your life at any given time?
I don't know one. Apparently, out of all the types of people in his position, be it football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, hockey, etc., he was THE ONLY ONE to give all that up to serve his country.
A hero beyond heroes is what Pat Tillman is. His sense of urgency, nobility, honor, responsibility, and duty are all unmatched and unquestioned.
Surely, only the good die young.
I also remember Rocky Bleier doing that. Just thought I'd add that.