TEMPE, Ariz. -- More than 1,000 people have signed up for a
race next month to honor former Arizona State linebacker and
Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, the university said
"Pat's Run," will be held April 16 on a 4.2-mile course that
will finish at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium where Tillman,
the first NFL player killed in combat since Vietnam, wore No. 42
during a spectacular college career that included selection as the
Pac-10 defensive player of the year in 1997. He switched to No. 40
during his four years with the Cardinals.
Race director Perry Edinger, a spinal care specialist at
Scottsdale Rehab Institute, was Arizona State's head trainer when
Tillman was playing for the Sun Devils. He felt a distance run
would be in keeping with the athlete's passion for physical
"I tried to find a way to give people a chance to remember Pat
and celebrate his life," Edinger said. "Pat was not about golf
outings or tennis matches. He was about fitness."
The 27-year-old Tillman died on April 22, 2004, while trying to
rescue soldiers pinned down by an ambush in Afghanistan. He walked
away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to volunteer for the Army
Rangers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.