My wife asked me last night, in the course of a conversation, if Pat Tillman and Larry Fitzgerald had ever been teammates. No, I told her. Tillman was killed the day before Fitz was drafted by the Cardinals.
Obviously draft time jars some Tillman memories. So too does the fact Pat's Run -- the annual 4.2-mile jaunt around and in Sun Devil Stadium, which sold out with an astounding 28,000 people this year -- will be tomorrow. I'm taking part for the seventh straight year, part of a group of us from the Cards that includes coach Ken Whisenhunt.
I won't go into my Tillman anecdotes yet again. If you want, you can read about them here, or read about how Pat joined the Army here, or watch his famous interview he gave the day after 9/11 here. Safe to say I was lucky enough to have crossed paths with him, and while he wasn't perfect, he stood for a lot of honorable things. That's why I'll be running tomorrow, and that's why, next Thursday night, I'll be think back to that Friday morning in April, 2004, when I got the call at home that Tillman had lost his life.