October 13, 2004

Pat Tillman and Jake Plummer

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer wears a sticker with the number 40 on his helmet to honor former teammate Pat Tillman. You may recall Tillman as the pro football player who walked away from millions of dollars to join the military because he believed in making the world a better place. Sadly, he was killed in Afghanistan during his tour of duty.

The National Football League has announced that it will fine Jake Plummer for each game that he wears the sticker on his helmet, because it goes against league rules. The fine started at $10,000, and doubles each game that the sticker is on his helmet. Plummer has said he'll pay the fines like a man, but the sticker stays.

Two people who decided to do what's right rather than what's easy, and you can show your support as well. Eric McErlain has more information, including links to the Pat Tillman Foundation. Here's a quote from their statement of vision:

Pat Tillman was deeply concerned about the apathy he saw in the world around him. Apathy towards bettering ones-self. Apathy towards personal relationships. Apathy towards public policy. And apathy, towards important world events.

Pat Tillman recognized this fact and dutifully took responsibility to rise above the concerning state of indifference and apathy that has taken hold in our nation. Pat’s actions demonstrated his convictions to fight this saddening trend. Sadly, many people act as though the best way to demonstrate tolerance is through indifference. Such a mindset prevents individuals from striving to achieve an understanding of each others’ views – often out of fear that questioning may be perceived as intolerance.

The emphasis is mine. The words say what I try to, so much more eloquently than I ever could.

Visit Eric. Visit the Pat Tillman Foundation. Thanks.

Posted by Ted at October 13, 2004 06:10 AM
Category: Links

At $10,000 to start, and doubling each game, Plummber is scheduled to be fined over $656 million over 16 games. Uh...

Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 13, 2004 08:06 PM

i think the ass hole who is trying to sue jake plummer $10,000 for wearing a long time friends number if absolutly ridiculous. This is terrible, i mean this brave brave man leaves a life of fame to go fight for his country is awesome, there should be more like him he was a fantastic person and he should be praised all the time. Jake plummer should wear that thing every game because they were such great friends and he understands how much he gave up to serve our country. keep wearing the patch Jake and the NFL can eat shit!

Posted by: Justin at October 25, 2004 09:58 PM
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