Pat Tillman was a safety in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals who left the team after 3 years in 2001 to enlist in the Army. Just to break this down -- through the entire 2001 season, he made just over $500,000 -- and was offered a $3.6 million contract for 3 years, but turned it down to defend his country after the 9/11 attacks. He was killed by friendly fire in April 2004 after being redeployed to Afghanistan.
That said, obviously the main thing on President Trump's mind has been NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Not Hurricane Maria, not the fact he pretty much declared war on North Korea, but NFL players. On Monday, a day after most teams in the NFL taking a knee and linking arms in unity during the Anthem, Donald Trump retweeted the following post, made by a pro-Trump account:
After catching wind of this, Pat's widow, Marie, released the following statement, basically telling Trump to not use her husband to promote his political stance.
As a football player and soldier, Pat inspired countless Americans to unify. It is my hope that his memory should always remind people that we must come together. Pat's service, along with that of every man and woman's service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us. We are too great of a country for that.
For more of Marie's statement, click the link below.