PHOENIX — Former NFL defense back Pat Tillman (search) died while serving as an Army ranger in Afghanistan, several news organizations reported Friday. [SNIP]
Tillman shocked fans when he turned down a $3.6 million contract with the [Arizona] Cardinals to be an Army ranger.
UPDATE: "There is in Pat Tillman's example, in his unexpected choice of duty to his country over the riches and other comforts of celebrity, and in his humility, such an inspiration to all of us to reclaim the essential public-spiritedness of Americans that many of us, in low moments, had worried was no longer our common distinguishing trait." --Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz