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See larger FILE - This June 2003 photo released by Photography Plus shows former Arizona Cardinal, Cpl. Pat Tillman. A standout safety with the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman became a national symbol when he left behind a huge contract and a newlywed bride to join the Army eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His death three years later in the mountains of Afghanistan hit the country like a sucker punch and it only got worse when it was revealed he had been killed by friendly fire. Later, a flurry of outrage followed when the Tillman family helped uncover misleading statements and actions by the U.S. government surrounding Tillman's death. (AP Photo/Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions)

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FILE - This June 2003 photo released by Photography Plus shows former Arizona Cardinal, Cpl. Pat Tillman. A standout safety with the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman became a national symbol when he left behind a huge contract and a newlywed bride to join the Army eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His death three years later in the mountains of Afghanistan hit the country like a sucker punch and it only got worse when it was revealed he had been killed by friendly fire. Later, a flurry of outrage followed when the Tillman family helped uncover misleading statements and actions by the U.S. government surrounding Tillman's death. (AP Photo/Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions)

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  • FILE - This June 2003 photo released by Photography Plus shows former Arizona Cardinal, Cpl. Pat Tillman. A standout safety with the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman became a national symbol when he left behind a huge contract and a newlywed bride to join the Army eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His death three years later in the mountains of Afghanistan hit the country like a sucker punch and it only got worse when it was revealed he had been killed by friendly fire. Later, a flurry of outrage followed when the Tillman family helped uncover misleading statements and actions by the U.S. government surrounding Tillman's death. (AP Photo/Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, Aug 15, 2011 photo, Sheldon Davidson holds a photograph of his first Pat's Run marathon in 2009 at his home in Mesa, Ariz. The 60-year-old war veteran described his first attempt at Pat's Run after suffering a stroke is overcome with emotion as he recalls how the memory of Tillman pushed him to the finish line when his body was seemingly unable to go on his first attempt at Pat's Run. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Friday, Aug 9, 2011 photo shows Brian Webster in front of a painting he made of Pat Tillman in the Pickett Elementary School gymnasium in Queen Creek, Ariz. Enamored by Tillman and the decisions he made, Webster decided to join Pat's Run and hasn't missed one, doing all seven with his son. But Webster wanted to do more to keep Tillman's spirit alive, so when he had to come up with a state-required written lesson plan, the physical education teacher asked his students at Pickett Elementary School in Queen Creek to write an essay about Tillman. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday Aug 9, 2011 photo, former Arizona State golfer Pat Moore runs the bleachers at Arizona State University early in Tempe, Ariz. Moore is part of Team Tillman which started five years ago as a fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The team has competed in the past four New York Marathons, along with the Marine Corps Marathon, and has since expanded to marathons in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Other athletes, like former baseball player Eric Byrnes, have competed for Team Tillman as individuals in triathlons and other events around the world. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 photo, former Arizona State University football player Samson Szakacsy stands on the beach in Oxnard, Calif. Szakacs walked away from football to pursue other interests, including a band he started. Szakacsy was a Tillman Scholar at Arizona State before graduating with a degree in religious studies in 2011. Upbeat, introspective, focused on life's big questions, he's more like a Pat Tillman kindred spirit than a Tillman scholar. An athlete, philosopher and musician, Szakacsy doesn't see life as something to wander through. It's more of a pursuit of greatness, which, to him, means getting joy by giving it to others. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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