Former Arizona State University linebacker Pat Tillman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame yesterday in New York, more than six years after he was tragically killed while fighting in in Afghanistan.
Tillman played for the Sun Devils from 1994-1997, earning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1997.
Tillman was also a key member of a 1996 team that went undefeated before losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
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After Tillman's impressive college career, he played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before abandoning his NFL career to join the Army Rangers in 2002 following the September 11, terrorist attacks.
Tillman was killed on April 22, 2004, as a result of (what was later determined after a Congressional investigation to be) friendly fire.
The Army originally claimed Tillman was killed in a roadside ambush by Afghan militia members, but a more thorough investigation found that no hostile forces were involved in the firefight and that two allied groups fired on each other in confusion after a nearby explosive device was detonated.
Others inducted during yesterday's ceremony were defensive lineman Dennis Byrd of North Carolina State; center Ronnie Caveness of Arkansas; defensive lineman Ray Childress of Texas A&M; guard Randy Cross of UCLA; running back Sam Cunningham of USC; quarterback Mark Herrmann of Purdue; receiver Clarkston Hines of Duke; defensive back Chet Moeller of Navy; halfback Jerry Stovall of LSU; and linebacker Alfred Williams of Colorado.