By Wyatt Earp | October 8, 2011
You can keep your baseball players, football felons, and basketball thugs; I’ll look for my heroes on the ice.
This season, [Jason LaBarbera] the Phoenix Coyotes backup goalie is using his mask to pay tribute to someone he never met yet holds a great deal of respect for: NFL star turned war hero Pat Tillman.
“To see him, as a professional athlete, stop doing what he had worked his whole life toward to do something he thought was right — join the Army and go over and do what he did — is a pretty amazing thing,” LaBarbera said. “Nobody else can say that. It’s a pretty special thing he did, so this is a representation of what he did and everyone that’s fighting over there.”
For every win he gets during the 2011-12 season, he plans to donate $420 – Tillman’s number was 42 – to the Pat Tillman Foundation. It was started by Pat’s widow, Marie, and provides support to military service members and their families.
That’s really cool. I always liked the Coyotes – since they used to be the Winnipeg Jets – but I’ll really be cheering them on now.