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In pictures: Football star turned soldier
Arizona Cardinal's player Pat Tillman reaches to catch a football
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Pat Tillman played for the American football team, the Arizona Cardinals, for four seasons - from 1998 to 2001 - and had been offered a lucrative contract with the team.
Pat Tillman serving in the US army
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But he was so moved by the attacks on the World Trade Center that he gave up the sporting life to enlist in the army in 2002.
Arizona Cardinals vice president Michael Bidwell (L) and Cardinals centre Pete Kendall (R)
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He fought in Iraq and was killed this week during a gunfight in south-east Afghanistan. High-profile figures from the world of politics and sport have paid tribute to the player.
An Arizona Cardinals fan signs a memorial to Pat Tillman
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Fans have been queuing to sign a memorial to outside the Cardinals' training facility.
A makeshift memorial at Arizona State University
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Pat Tillman is America's first top-level professional sportsman to die in military action since the Vietnam era.


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