American Portraits

Pat Tillman and Self-Sacrifice: A Different Direction

In this lesson, students will review the self-sacrifice that Pat Tillman demonstrated in two ways. First, he demonstrated strength of character in loyalty to the Arizona Cardinals, even when the St. Louis Rams offered him a much larger salary than the Cardinals paid him. Second, Tillman rejected a lucrative contract with the Cardinals in order to join the U.S. Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Founding Principles

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Individual Responsibility

Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.

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