The Romantic Football Soldier

Patrick Daniel “Pat” Tillman was a very unique person and quite the romantic.

Pat excelled in football through high school and at the University of Arizona. In 1998 the Arizona Cardinals football team drafted him.

Though earning only about $500,000 per year, Pat turned down $1.8 million per year contract with another team because of his loyalty to the Cardinals.

In 2002 he turned down a $3.6 million football contract to join the U.S. Army at $18,000 per year.

The attacks of September 11 shifted Pat’s thinking. Playing football now seemed unimportant to him compared to everything that had taken place.

His wife, Marie knew the romantic Pat Tillman.

During their 11 year romance, Pat sent Marie hundreds of letters.

These letter ranged from a teenage boys, “Hi, dude” to a second year “anniversary” letter where Pat told Marie how grateful he was for their relationship.

In 2002 they were married and Pat deployed to Iraq. His letters became more frequent.

He told her how he could picture them with children.

He told her how treasured her and their time together.

On April 22, 2004 time came for Marie Tillman to read Pat’s “just in case” letter left for her in the bedroom dresser.

In this final letter, he poured out his heart and his love to her. With a final line he wrote,

“I have another favor to ask. I ask that you live.”

Pat Tillman was a man’s man: a tough football player, an Army Ranger.

And this man knew how to romance her the way she wanted to be romanced; by allowing himself to be vulnerable and honestly sharing his heart with her.

So how are you romancing your sweetheart?

I invite you to visit www.RomanceAlive.com for additional romantic resources. ~robert

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