Monday, April 17, 2006

A Follow up on 'Pat's Run'

Race raises $350,000 for Tillman charity
Associated Press

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was one of more than 8,000 people who participated in the 4.2-mile "Pat's Run" Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., raising $350,000 for the foundation established to honor Pat Tillman's memory.

The race finished at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman wore No. 42 as a Sun Devils linebacker. He also played in the stadium as defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, wearing No. 40.

Plummer was joined by Grey Ruegamer, Derek Smith, Steve Bush and Juan Roque, all of whom played on the 1996 Rose Bowl team with Tillman.

"It was great to have Jake and so many of those players who were part of those teams with Pat," race director Perry Edinger said.

Tillman, 27, died on April 22, 2004, in a friendly-fire accident in Afghanistan that is still being investigated. He walked away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to volunteer for the Army Rangers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The race raised $100,000 more than last year's inaugural event. Proceeds go to the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds the Leadership Through Action program at Arizona State.

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