This Day in History

April 22, 2004: Football Star Pat Tillman Killed in Afghanistan

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Sports, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

pat_tillman_documentary On April 22, 2004, football star and solider Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. government used his death in pro-war propaganda. The family learned Tillman was killed by “friendly fire” and has bravely spoken out against the war and the cover-up, as documented in the film The Tillman Story. (See trailer below.)

Learn more in an essay by Tillman’s brother Kevin called “After Pat’s Birthday” on Truthdig, and in the book, Boots on the Ground by Dusk by Tillman’s mother, Mary.