TEMPE, Ariz. -- On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Arizona Cardinals unveiled a memorial to honor Pat Tillman, whose decision to enlist in the Army was triggered by events of that day.
Tillman played for the Cardinals from 1998 to 2001. The team saved his locker during a recent renovation of its locker room and preserved it behind glass in the new facility. It was part of a $15 million face-lift to the Cardinals' locker room, cafeteria, hydrotherapy area and meeting rooms.
Included in Tillman's locker was his helmet, jersey, shoulder pads and draft card from 1998. Alongside the locker was a description of Tillman's life and career.
"Many of our players -- future players and even our current players -- may not know all the stories of the Cardinals," Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said before a tour of the new facility. "But we wanted to tell the stories and talk about the history, the history of our organization and the history of Pat Tillman and everything he meant to the Cardinals, to ASU, to the community and to our fans and as well as to the whole nation."
Tillman was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, by friendly fire, according to an Army investigation into his death. He enlisted in the U.S. Army with his brother, Kevin, in May 2002.