Pat Tillman to be honored with Super Bowl 57 coin toss: 'We're so proud'
Former Arizona State and Arizona Cardinals player Pat Tillman will be honored before Super Bowl 57 in Arizona on Feb. 12, the NFL recently announced.
The league has selected four Pat Tillman Foundation Tillman Scholars that "represent the enduring legacy of service that Pat Tillman left behind" to serve as honorary coin toss captains before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium.
The four honorary captains are military spouse and Ed.D. candidate Fabersha Flynt, U.S. Army veteran and filmmaker Robert Ham, U.S. Army reservist and developmental psychologist HyeJung Park, Ph.D., and U.S. Air Force veteran and physician technologist Dave Prakash.
The four will participate in the official on-field coin-toss ceremony before the Super Bowl.
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A release from the NFL said that the "four Tillman Scholars were selected for their dedication and vision to creating a better tomorrow, as well as the sacrifices they made for our nation. These four scholars carry on the legacy and impact of Pat Tillman and have played a part in growing the influence the Pat Tillman Foundation has made."
"Pat Tillman made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we are committed to ensuring that his life and legacy are forever honored and celebrated across the entire NFL family," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Pat loved football, but most importantly, he was grounded in service to others and making a difference in this world. We are so proud of the Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Scholar's program whose mission is to help leaders make real change. These four Tillman Scholars have done just that and we are honored to have them join us on the field to represent the Pat Tillman Foundation as this year's coin toss captains."
J.J. Watt, who recently announced his retirement from the NFL after his second season with the Cardinals, recently surprised the honorary captains with their selections.
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"We're so proud of these four scholars, who represent the more than 800 Tillman Scholars in our community and lead through action in their respective fields," said Dan Futrell, the CEO of the Pat Tillman Foundation. "Their impact is part of a broader ripple effect started by the service and humble leadership of Pat himself. We are grateful to the NFL for their continued support and partnership."
Pat Tillman's legacy lives on
Tillman, a former ASU football and Cardinals standout, lost his life on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan after enlisting in the Army after the 9-11 attacks.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was started to carry forward his legacy by giving military service members, veterans and spouses who embody Tillman's values educational support, leadership development, and a supportive community of mentors and peers to help them grow into the next generation of leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is one of the NFL's Salute to Service partners and together honors leaders from military families and backgrounds through scholarships. The NFL partners with the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides more than $24 million in academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development, and community to more than 800 Tillman Scholars. Salute to Service is the NFL's year-long initiative to honor, empower, and connect our nation's service members, veterans, and their families.
The 19th annual Pat's Run, which benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation's Tillman Scholars Program, will be held in Tempe on April 15.
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