posted on Sep, 9 2004 @ 05:00 PM
Pat Tillman gave up a glamorous life in football, and a lot of money, to do something truly amazing, he faught and died for his country. In a show of
respoect to Tillman, Mike Ricci of the Pheonix Coyotes will wear jersey number 40. Ricci spent the last 7 seasons with the San Jose Sharks and signed
with Pheonix as a free agent in July. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Ricci jerseys will benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes center Mike Ricci announced Wednesday that he will wear No. 40 next season to honor deceased NFL player Pat
Tillman, 27, left the Arizona Cardinals and a multimillion-dollar contract in May 2002 to join the U.S. Army Rangers. He was killed last April 22 in
Afghanistan, the first NFL player to die in combat since the Vietnam War.
"When I heard his story, it really touched me," Ricci said after donning his new Coyotes jersey at a news conference at Glendale Arena. "This is a way
to pay tribute to what he's done."
Ricci has always been a hard worker and a tough hockey player. But this shows a great amount of class. Kudos to Ricci.