There has been a division in the football community regarding the Super Bowl ad by the NFL that features the late Pat Tillman. Tillman was a former Arizona State and Cardinals defensive player, who left the NFL to join the Army Rangers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. The statue was a part of the Super Bowl commercial celebrating the league’s 100th anniversary. In the commercial, a young athlete has secured the game ball, and as he runs with it, he encounters past and present NFL stars and takes a moment to pause at the Pat Tillman statue. One of Tillman’s teammates, Kyle Murphy, cried over the unexpectedness of the sentiment, explaining that he felt like it honored him. Some people, however, have found the ad exploitative. National media figures did not receive it well, saying it was “off-putting,” and that Tillman’s image was used to promote the league.
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