I was incredibly moved by the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Green Beret who was killed in Afghanistan last week.
The media seemed to emphasize the lucrative contract he gave up to join the army. I see it differently. Playing sports for Tillman was not about the money. It was about passion for the game, giving something his all, and being part of a team.
Forget Shaq, A-Rod and Tiger. Pat Tillman is a man we should be telling our kids about. He gave up money and fame in order to protect our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Number 40, you will be missed.
(File picture from Ho/Reuters.)