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Our Stories: NFL Star to Army Ranger- A Closer Look at the Life of Pat Tillman

Hear the story behind one of Arizona's most iconic names in modern sports history. California native Pat Tillman entered the spotlight playing for Arizona State Sun Devils Football Team in the late 1990s, where he excelled in the defensive backfield and as a high performing student. In 1998 he joined the Arizona Cardinals football team and soon set a team record. In 2002 Tillman put aside the celebrity and riches of a NFL career to enlist in the U.S. Army with his younger brother. They joined the 75th Ranger Regiment and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two years later, Tillman was killed in action in eastern Afghanistan. His post 9/11 patriotic actions and his death gained immediate national attention, overshadowing his personal story. Tillman's actions and character have inspired a legacy of service impacting Arizonans and beyond.

Panelists will include Danny Pritchard, who served with Pat in the 75th Ranfer Regiment; Frank Ugente, a childhood friend; Dr. Andrew Barnes, who mentored Pat in academics at ASU; and Karen Gallagher, Tillman Foundation scholar, ambassador, and U.S. Army Airborne veteran. The program will be moderated by Nancy Dallett, Assistant Director of the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. Program is in partnership with the ASU Pat Tillman Veteran's Center and the ASU Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. 

Our Stories presents diverse speakers who share unique Arizona and local history topics to a general audience throughout the year. This series is produced by the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Museum, with support from the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Historical Society.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
Copper Room South, Copper Room North
  * Adults     Art, Culture, Film & Music  
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