Twitter Users Called The Super Bowl Segment About Pat Tillman “Stomach Turning”

“Tell the real story about Tillman or get this off the screen.”

Pat Tillman kneels on a football field

A Super Bowl segment portrayed former NFL player Pat Tillman as a hero for joining the military, but Twitter users pointed out that his life story was a little more complicated.

“Tell the real story about Tillman or get this off the screen,” one user tweeted.

“wow this Pat Tillman Army ad is especially stomach turning,” another wrote.

Wait, we’re still intentionally misrepresenting the Pat Tillman story?

Twitter: @TheTyronePalmer

ah i see we’re kicking things off with a revisionist Pat Tillman 9/11 thing

Twitter: @kath_krueger

Four Pat Tillman Foundation scholars served as honorary coin toss captains ahead of the big game on Sunday. Tillman, who played safety for the Arizona Cardinals, left his NFL career behind to enlist in the military in 2002, just months after 9/11. 

The segment introduced Tillman as a man who died “in the line of duty,” portraying him as a hero for giving his life to serve his country.

It did not, however, mention that Tillman was killed by friendly fire shortly after telling a friend that the invasion of Iraq was “so fucking illegal.” Tillman had also planned to meet with anti–Vietnam War activist Noam Chomsky but died before he could.

that pat tillman ad was really fucking gross, huh

Twitter: @risi_pieces

@edsbs Never ask a woman her age, a man how much money he makes, and the us military/nfl how Pat Tillman died

Twitter: @jakechesmo

Many of the tweets pointed out a lack of information from the NFL segment and encouraged viewers to do their own research about Tillman.

The Army initially announced after Tillman’s death that Afghan combats had killed him, despite officials knowing it was untrue. It took nearly five weeks for officials to alert his family that he’d been killed by fellow soldiers. 

please google “who killed pat tillman” for more information

Twitter: @bad_takes

damn i wonder what happened that made it a sacrifice. doesn’t sound friendly. let me search pat tillman and friendly real quick

Twitter: @ayroned

“It's still wild the military-football complex chooses to draw attention to Pat Tillman. How many people tonight read his wiki for the first time,” a user tweeted.

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