10 Years Later, a Visit with Pat Tilman’s Wife

Posted April 21, 2014 at 5:03am

Army Times reports on Marie Tilman, Pat Tilman’s wife, 10 years after his death: “Sitting in the morning light in the neighborhood where she grew up, Marie is at home in a life where the present is inseparable from the past.”  

“From the backyard of the house, she can look down over Leland High School. It’s where she was a cheerleader, class of ‘94, where she was voted ‘best smile.’ It’s where she first fell for a chatty football player, the one who was voted ‘most masculine.’ His name was Pat Tillman.”  

Meanwhile, ESPN reports that “in his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots.”  

“‘It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him,’ said Steven Elliott, who had been engaged in his first firefight as an Army Ranger when Tillman died on April 22, 2004, in the mountainous terrain of southeast Afghanistan.”