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Slain ex-Cardinal added to Ring of Honor


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Slain ex-Cardinal added to Ring of Honor


November 12, 2006


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Pat Tillman, who left the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers and died in Afghanistan in 2004, was added to the team's "Ring of Honor" in a halftime ceremony Sunday.


The crowd stood and cheered when his name was unfurled overlooking the 50-yard line in the Cardinals' new University of Phoenix Stadium.



Before the game, the Cardinals dedicated an area outside the stadium known as "Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza." It includes a 500-pound, 8-foot tall bronze statue of Tillman.


Behind the sculpture is a 42-foot-long wall, symbolic of Tillman's number at Arizona State. There are 40 oak trees west of the memorial, symbolizing the No. 40 he wore with the Cardinals.


Tillman started at safety for three seasons for Arizona and set a franchise record with 200 tackles in 2000. He turned down contract offers in 2002 to become an Army Ranger. He was killed by friendly fire while on duty in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.




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