Former Arizona State University linebacker and scholar, Pat Tillman, sits atop a light tower at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Tillman, rather small as linebacker’s go, distinguished himself on the field (earning Pac-10 Defensive player of the year awards) and in the classroom. Tillman, drafted in the seventh round, went on to play as a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, who play in Sun Devil Stadium. Tillman walked away from a lucrative NFL career to join the Army after 911. He was reported killed in Afghanistan. This photograph was made on assignment for Sports Illustrated in November 1997. Photo by Paul F. Gero.

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