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Pat Tillman jersey presented at ceremony before Arizona Cardinals game

Multiple organizations hosted a ceremony to present Tillman's jersey before the Cardinals and...
Multiple organizations hosted a ceremony to present Tillman's jersey before the Cardinals and Panthers matchup.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Nov. 14, 2021 at 2:48 PM MST
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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona legend Pat Tillman was honored before the Cardinals game on Sunday after his jersey was returned to the states after being in Afghanistan for 16 years. Multiple organizations hosted a ceremony to present Tillman’s jersey before the Cardinals and Panthers matchup.

The jersey was donated by the United Service Organizations and was proudly displayed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan since 2005. When the base closed this past year, the USO sent the jersey to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Cardinals owner and Pat Tillman Foundation board member Michael Bidwill was on the field for the ceremony, along with other members from the foundation and Tillman scholars. The jersey was safely returned to the United States back in August.

Tillman is a prominent figure in Arizona history. Tillman played with the Arizona State Sun Devils from 1994-97 before being drafted in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the hometown Arizona Cardinals. While in the NFL, Tillman was a starting safety for the Cardinals and set a franchise single-season record in 2000 with 224 tackles. After the 9/11 attacks, Tillman left the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army. Tillman died from friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.