For the first time, the mother of Pat Tillman is criticizing the NFL. In an interview with Dave Zinn of Mary Tillman says the NFL has exploited her dead son’s memory.

Tillman is America’s most famous casualty in The War On Terror. He gave up millions of dollars as a star football player with the Arizona Cardinals to be an Army Ranger following 9/11. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

The Pentagon originally lied about the circumstances of Tillman’s death. He was killed by friendly fire. According to Edge of Sports,


after four years, six investigations and two Congressional hearings, questions still linger about how Pat died, why it was covered up and who, in fact, knew.

Mrs. Tillman had previously limited her criticism to the Pentagon and a handful of Army officials. Now she says the NFL has been quick to exploit Pat’s memory while doing nothing to help search for the truth about what happened to her son.


According to Mary Tillman,

“I think they (the NFL) haven’t gone out of their way to help; they’ve exploited Pat, just like the military. I do believe that. I mean, they have a beautiful statue to him at Cardinal Stadium. I don’t know if that’s more for us or him; I feel like it’s more for them. It’s sad for me to say that, but I think it’s true. They haven’t really helped to try to find out what happened to Pat…You know, and the fact that players who played with him wanted to wear his number–they wouldn’t let them do that. It’s a minor thing I suppose, but at the same time I think it’s kind of telling. It’s like, “Okay, we had the jersey dedication, we did this, let’s move on.” I think that speaks a lot.


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  1. bobby Says:

    this is a tough one, because i don’t want to come across as an asshole BUT…

    what exactly did she expect? the nfl would pony up millions of dollars in an effort to find out the truth about her son’s death? really? why?

    if pat tillman was a machinist at GE and went to afghanistan as a soldier and was killed, would mary tillman feel as justified in criticizing GE for not investing millions to find out the truth about the death of one of their FORMER EMPLOYEES? tillman was not an nfl player at the time of his death, he was a soldier.

    if mary tillman really needs an advocate, why isn’t she criticizing her senator for not speaking out on this topic? he seems to have an awful lot of press coverage these days. i haven’t heard john mccain mention pat tillman except at the occasional memorial. he was a resident of arizona, wasn’t he?

    AND, when it comes to exploiting her son’s death, well..gee….ummm…. it does seem she has a little cottage industry set up here. i’ve seen mary tillman on more than a couple of larry king/jim rome/OTL type shows.

    and it’s her right to scream at the walls if she wants. her son was killed and it was not a justifiable death. and, yes, the US government PROBABLY was involved in a coverup (BIG SURPRISE) but it gets to a point where you have to (as my grandfather would have said) shit or get off the pot.
    either sue the army and the feds for his death and the subsequent coverup or don’t. i’m sorry her son died. i’m even sorrier the poor bastard felt this wave of nationalism and threw away his career and, sadly, his life. but i just don’t see his death as being that much more relevant than 4000+ others who died in this “war”. or more releveant than the 17 year old who gets shot in his neighborhood as an innocent bystander, for that matter. it’s time for mrs. tillman to call or fold. enough whining in the media, already. we heard you the first time. we’re not stupid, we just don’t care unless it’s our kid.

    and. by the way… know who else was killed by “friendly fire”?
    douglas c. neidermayer.
    know why?
    i’m just saying,,,

  2. Cardinal Fan Says:

    Hurts to see everything surfacing the way it did with Tillman. He’s perhaps hot headed and cocky but was a hell of a player and a fierce patriot.

    Cardinals don’t have many players like Tillman on their current roster

  3. Suzanne Says:

    As a mother with a son who is serving in the army too, my heart goes out to Pat Tillman’s mother and family.
    I read Mary Tillman’s book. It is very well written.
    I thought writing the book would help her deal with her grief.
    Lashing out at the NFL tells me that she is still in deep dispair.
    I ask everyone to pray for healing and peace in this distraught women.
    God Bless

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