Age: 28 (Nov. 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004)
Cause of Death: Friendly fire

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Tillman declined a $3.6 million contract offer from the Cardinals to join the U.S. Army. He served tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq before being killed during a friendly fire incident in 2004. Tillman’s decision to forgo a multi-million dollar NFL contract for the military has since become a cornerstone tale of heroism in American lore.