Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Pat Tillman's wife speaks.
In the four years since Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, a multitude of voices have weighed in on all aspects of his life, from his selfless decision to leave a promising NFL career to become an Army Ranger, to the circumstances of his death, to the deception that followed it. One of the few voices we haven't heard, however, belongs to the person closest to Tillman: his widow, Marie. She has made few public appearances over the past four years and granted no interviews. There have been no sit-downs with Katie Couric, no emotional appearances on Oprah, no sitting across the desk from Larry King. That is changing - at least a little. Marie Tillman is increasing her level of involvement in the foundation that bears her late husband's name, and with that comes the opportunity to talk about Pat's impact on people, as well as the challenge of carrying on his legacy. "I needed some time to be under the radar and to deal with things the way I needed to deal with them," she told The Republic in her first interview since her husband was killed. "And the work that I have been doing with the foundation from the beginning has been helpful in that process. It's something that has been important to me."