Told he was too small to play football, Tillman led ASU to the 1997 Rose Bowl as a hard-hitting linebacker and earned three consecutive selections to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business with a degree in Marketing. After the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL draft, Tillman became the team’s starting safety and broke the franchise record for tackles with 224 in 2000. In the spring of 2002, Tillman walked away from football to join the U.S. Army. He was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.