Tillman Foundation receives jersey of the same name | Sports
The Arizona Cardinals Football Club, along with the Pat Tillman Foundation and United Service Organizations, held a ceremony to present Pat Tillman’s jersey ahead of a Cardinals home game on November 14.
The Arizona Cardinals Football Club, along with the Pat Tillman Foundation and United Service Organizations (USO), held a ceremony to present Cardinals legend and US Ranger Pat Tillman jersey ahead of the Cardinals-Panthers game on November 14 at the State Farm Stadium.
The NFL donated the jersey to the Pat Tillman Memorial USO Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where it was suspended from 2005 to 2021. With the airfield closing, the USO transfers the jersey to the Foundation. Pat Tillman in Arizona.
Cardinals owner and Pat Tillman Foundation board member Michael Bidwill was on the pitch for the presentation along with several Pat Tillman Foundation members. Two of the most recent Tillman Fellows – US Army Veteran HyeJung Park (2020) and US Marine Corps Veteran Michael Hall (2021) – were also honored at the ceremony.
Tillman was selected by the Cardinals in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Arizona state. He defied the odds to become a three-year-old starting goaltender and set a single-season franchise record with 224 tackles in 2000.
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Tillman turned down a three-year contract and left the Cardinals before the 2002 season to enlist in the US military with his brother, Kevin. He was killed in action on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan. His No.40 jersey became the team’s retired fifth number and he was inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor in 2006.
The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies outstanding military veterans and spouses as the next generation of leaders and helps them increase their impact as they enter their next chapter of service beyond the self through college scholarships, development from lifelong leadership and to a global community of peers and supporters.
For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Fellows, visit
The USO strengthens members of the U.S. military service by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.
In hundreds of places around the world, the USO is united in its commitment to connect service members and their families through countless acts of kindness, comfort and support.
The USO is a private, not-for-profit organization, not a government agency. Its entertainment programs, services and tours are made possible by the American people, the support of its business partners, and the dedication of its volunteers and staff. To join them in this important mission and to learn more about the USO, visit USO.org.