Patt Morrison for August 23, 2010

The Tillman Story

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Former professional football player, Pat Tillman, died serving in Iraq

You may remember the story of Pat Tillman, the bright, young professional football player from the Arizona Cardinals who chose to give up his career to join the Army Rangers shortly after 9/11. He was instantly lauded for his patriotism and willingness to sacrifice success at professional sports for the likes of a barracks and the desert of Afghanistan. Then, in 2004, Tillman was killed by friendly fire in the hills of Afghanistan, though the government initially claimed he and his unit had been ambushed by insurgent forces. A new documentary delves into the truth behind Pat Tillman's life, service and untimely death. Director Amir Bar-Lev is here to discuss the film and its themes of service, mourning, and true American heroism.

Guest:

Amir Bar-Lev, director of The Tillman Story


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