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    A little reminder as to what being a real warrior is all about. God bless all of the soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and support personnel defedning us overseas and pray for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Tillman drops by to stay in touch


    Kent Somers
    The Arizona Republic
    Dec. 22, 2003 12:00 AM


    SEATTLE - As a U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman probably is accustomed to stealth missions.

    He made another one this weekend, visiting his old team, the Cardinals, on their trip to Seattle. Tillman, a former Cardinals safety, is stationed at Ft. Lewis, about a 50-minute drive south of Seattle.

    So he, along with wife Marie, his brother Kevin, and a couple of friends visited the Cardinals on Saturday and Sunday. Kevin is also a Ranger.

    They stayed at the team hotel, watched the game from owner Bill Bidwill's suite and met with players Sunday morning and after the game.

    Tillman left the locker room through a side door before reporters were admitted. He has declined all interviews since joining the Army in the summer of 2002.

    "The first thing he wanted to talk about was, 'Coach, how about this, how about that. I've been following you,' " coach Dave McGinnis said. "I even asked him if he could play a little 'H' linebacker for me. He said he brought his playbook, but he didn't think his hamstrings would hold up."

    Tillman met with McGinnis and other Cardinals coaches Saturday night and had breakfast with Bidwill.

    McGinnis called the conversation "mesmerizing."

    The Tillman brothers have served in the Middle East in Operation Iraqi Freedom and recently completed advanced Ranger training in Georgia. They could return to the Middle East soon.

    It was the first time some of Tillman's former teammates had seen him since he joined, because Tillman enlisted in the off-season.

    "He did a great thing for our country," safety Adrian Wilson said. "I was real surprised to see him. I didn't know he was back (in the United States) until I saw him (Sunday) morning. It was nice talking to him."

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    Bugg, HERE HERE ... Tillman gets my vote for NFL man of the year

    And to echo you ... Merry X-Mas and God Bless all of our troops and their families

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    That dude had a plan, and money and long term contracts couldnt sway him.

    He seems like the type of guy you would want your daughter to bring home.

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    Originally posted by Stewdawg@Dec 24 2003, 09:10 AM
    That dude had a plan, and money and long term contracts couldnt sway him.

    He seems like the type of guy you would want your daughter to bring home.
    You took the words right out of my mouth. He has his head on straight.

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