Named 1997 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year at Arizona State, where he starred at linebacker before moving to safety for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. The award was renamed for Tillman after his death.
Set a Cardinals franchise record for tackles in a season (144) in 2000.
Turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army, along with his brother Kevin, in May of 2002.
Died in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, when immediate military reports stated he was killed by enemy attack. The Tillman family was not told until May 28 that his death was actually from friendly fire.
Honored with retired jerseys by both the Cardinals (No. 40) and Arizona State (No. 42). The Cardinals also erected a statue of Tillman outside their new stadium in Glendale. At Ohio State, several football stars grew their hair long (as Tillman did in his playing days) for the 2006 season as a tribute.
Kevin Tillman — Brother
Richard Tillman — Brother
Patrick Kevin Tillman — Father
Mary Tillman — Mother
Marie Tillman — Wife
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States (BS in Marketing, 1998)