I think I would have really really liked Pat Tillman, if I’d known him. This piece from Mary Tillman’s book sums it up well:

The article is about Rachel Corrie, the 23 year old peace activist from Olympia, Washington who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003, trying to protect the home of a Palestinian doctor and his family.

I remember picking up the article from the same spot more than a year ago and asking Pat, "Who’s this?"

"That’s my hero," Pat said. ‘She was a stud; she had a lot of guts.”

Hard to put it better, really.

What makes someone a hero to you? Who are some of your heroes, and why? I’ll go with both Pat and Rachel, because they put their lives on the line for what they believed in.