Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer

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Throughout the ages, men and women have been the center of myths and legends, becoming tragic heroes in large part due to the embellishment bestowed upon them over the ages. Perhaps, though, truth can be stranger than fiction. Pat Tillman was a man of many talents and virtues, never satisfied by the mediocre, striving for more excitement, more meaning, in his tragically short time on Earth, and lived out the phrase carpe diem to the letter. Even Pat Tillman had tragic flaws; his unwillingness to be average, his undying loyalty to family and country, and his unusually concrete set of morals all eventually led to his death. These, whatever the outcome might have been, are not, by any means, archetypical tragic flaws. They are, as Jon …show more content…
When he not only did well, but excelled at football, nothing less than a train engine could keep Pat away from the field practicing and living up to the expectations that he came to harbor, including his loyalty for his coaches, team, and the sport itself. Pat, despite playing poorly, was trusted by a team in the seventh round of the NFL draft to play well when it really counted. After Pat turned down a multi-million dollar contract in order to stay with that team, Frank Bauer, Pat’s agent, was flabbergasted, exclaiming, “I’ve had players take twenty grand less per year to stay at clubs they really wanted to play for, but turning down nine and a half million? That’s unheard of. You just don’t see loyalty like that in sports today” (Krakauer, 130).
Pat Tillman was never “lucky;” he relied on his instinct and training every step of the way. However, the single day that changed his life changed many thousands of others as well: September, 11, 2001. Recognizing that his life held no meaning to him anymore, Pat decided that he wanted to do something that gave him a clearly defined purpose: joining the military. The hardest transition for Pat was not actually enlisting; it was leaving behind Marie, Dannie, and all of his friends. Throughout the rest of his life, therefore, Pat displayed a devotion to his comrades in arms and his family that he had never shown before, never once making wild generalizations before being proven

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