Pat Tillman Foundation honors legacy of Army Ranger, NFL player

You can't celebrate a Super Bowl in Arizona without honoring the incredible life of Pat Tillman.

Tillman was a standout football player for the Arizona State Sun Devils and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

He passed up the chance at a multi-million dollar contract with the Cardinals to fight for his country, joining the Army Rangers in 2002.

In 2004, Tillman was tragically killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

Tillman's name and legacy are kept alive through the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships.

Elizabeth O'Herrin, a spokesperson for the foundation told Brian Kilmeade, "He knew it was the right thing to do and he marched to the beat of his own drum. And I think that's the kind of legacy that we're trying to move forward, to live on, is the sense of being a part of something bigger than yourself."

Former Navy SEAL John Waggoner and veteran NFL kicker Jay Feely spoke to Kilmeade in Phoenix, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX, about Tillman's legacy and the great work the foundation is doing.

Waggoner, who spent 11 years fighting for the U.S. and now wants to become a doctor, said, "The foundation is an outstanding organization of people. They provide a financial gift to help us."

"To be mentioned in the same sentence with Pat Tillman is a true honor. It's really a wonderful blessing to be surrounded by so many talented people trying to do great things and carry Pat's legacy into the future and continue to serve."

Feely said that Tillman was a true American hero, somebody who he wants his children to know about and emulate.

Feely also had a surprise for Waggoner: two tickets to the big game on Sunday!

"We just want to say thank you for your service and everything you've done for our country," Feely explained.

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