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Ex-coach, platoon mate recall Tillman

Osama bin Laden's death brings forth reminders of former Cardinal and Army Ranger

Updated: May 2, 2011, 5:41 PM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

Dave McGinnis was in his Tennessee Titans office late Sunday night, a television tuned to CNN, when news flashed across the screen that al-Qaida kingpin Osama bin Laden had been killed in a firefight. His initial thoughts were of one of his former players, Pat Tillman.

As the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, McGinnis watched as Tillman, personally moved by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, gave up an NFL career to join the Army with designs on becoming a Ranger. Seven years ...

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