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Pat Tillman chosen for Arizona Runner’s Hall of Fame

He will be inducted on Nov. 13

Posted 10/18/22

The Arizona Runners Hall of Fame has announced the posthumous induction of the iconic and legendary NFL football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly-fire in the line of duty in 2004. 

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Pat Tillman chosen for Arizona Runner’s Hall of Fame

He will be inducted on Nov. 13

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The Arizona Runners Hall of Fame has announced the posthumous induction of the iconic and legendary NFL football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly-fire in the line of duty in 2004. 

The induction award ceremony will take place at this year’s 47th Annual 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 13, according to a news release.

“We are proud and honored to present this award to an iconic Arizonan whose name has become an integral part of the running community in Arizona. His contribution to the enhancement of running in Arizona has been extraordinary,” said Dr. Art Mollen, founder of the Phoenix 10K and President of the Arizona runners Hall of Fame. 

Pat Tillman, an Arizona State University alum, left his professional sports career as an NFL player with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army in May 2002 following the aftermath of 911. He was killed in the mountains of Afghanistan by friendly fire and received the silver star and Purple Heart posthumously. 

Pat’s Run, which occurs every year in April, attracts thousands of runners to commemorate his legacy and is sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Since he had never run a marathon previously, he asked Perry Edinger, a Physician’s Assistant and his Athletic Trainer from ASU to train him for the Avenue of the Giants Marathon. He completed the marathon in 3 hours and 52 minutes, not a small feat for a football player used to running 50- yard sprints. This close relationship with Perry galvanized the creation of Pat’s Run. Perry Edinger was the founder and original race director, who will accept the award in his honor. 

“The Arizona Runners Hall of Fame is proud to honor and induct this great American,” said Dr. Mollen.  

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