I think this was nice for PFT to do.Sean Taylor gets the Pat Tillman award from there site.
The irony of naming an award after former Cardinals safety Pat Tillman is that he really wouldnít care about it. He didnít play football for fame, and he didnít quit the game for notoriety. He did what he did with no deeper meaning or agenda, and he was not motivated by the things that motivate the rest of us. |
He played football because he loved the game. He stopped because he felt that he had a duty to make a sacrifice in honor of those whose sacrifices allowed him to play football.
He ultimately made the biggest sacrifice. And though we support any and all efforts to get to the truth regarding why his life ended and whether the military covered up the truth, we donít want such questions to obscure the fact that Tillman did something for the collective benefit of the rest of us that only the smallest handful of pro athletes ever would willingly do.
The first award named Tillman goes to Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Surely, you know Taylorís story by now. He had his share of troubles in the early years of his career, but by all appearances he was in the process of making broad and sweeping changes in his life when he was gunned down in his own home on the morning of November 26, 2007. He was blossoming into the best safety in the league, and he seemed to be destined for the Hall of Fame.
Taylor practiced and played the game the same way ó at full speed. The impact that he had on the team after his passing highlights the impact he had during his lifetime. And we believe that many of his teammates will genuinely remain affected by the incident for the rest of their own lives.