"Has there ever been a bigger team than Pat Tillman? Following his conscience and not his agent's advice or his ego, Tillman walked away from a $3.6 million contract to play for the Arizona Cardinals and joined the Army to fight terrorism after the 9/11 attacks. When he was summoned to fight for his country, he didn't flinch, reporting for boot camp and then doing a tour of duty on the other side of the world. Throughout, he refused to grant interviews lest anyone think it was a publicity stunt. (He even enlisted in Denver, not Phoenix, in order to go unnoticed.) On April 22, he was killed in fighting in Afghanistan, dead at age 27. All too often, the sports world traffics in ancient terms such as duty, honor, sacrifice and hero. This is one case when they're more than fitting. As Lyle Setencich, one of Tillman's coaches, put it: The spirit of Pat Tillman is the heart of this country." Cast your online vote here. You have to scroll down the picture list and then select Pat Tillman (if that's who you want). They appear to be in alphabetical order. You can read the bios on the different ones before voting. To read an opinion piece in support of Pat Tillman, read Tim Layden's piece.
Who do the fans say should be the 2004 Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year"? The usual suspects (Michael Phelps and Lance Armstong) are #1 and #2. But may I suggest the one who is currently #3?