Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
Pat Tillman's Character Analysis
Where Men Win Glory shows that Pat Tillman had many facets. Pat was a brave, daring, sensitive, and intellectual human being. One example of Pat's bravery is shown when he was faced with the decision of choosing between football and joining the army. Pat was a rising star in the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals, but following the 2001-2002 season and the event of 9/11, Pat decided it was his duty to join the army and protect his country. By doing this, Pat turned down a three year contract worth $3.6 million. An example of Pat's daring personality can be seen not just by his becoming a professional football player and then joining the army, but by what he did in his free time. Growing up in New Almaden, California, Pat grew up surrounded by nature and spent most of his time outside. When he wasn't playing football, Pat felt the need to always be doing something. This urge caused Pat to push his muscular body to new limits by performing outrageous stunts. These stunts included diving off a forty foot cliff, climbing numerous objects, and making death defying leaps. Pat's sensitivity can be seen throughout the story in the journal he kept. Pat writes about his daily events in the journal. The journal entries show Pat's deep feelings for his life as a football player, his life in the army, and for his family and friends. Pat's intellectual ability can be seen while Pat is in college. In college Pat became friends with a tennis player from Hungary. Despite being famous on campus, Pat liked to talk about politics and current events with the student. Pat also received a high grade point average throughout college, breaking the stereotype of how athletes are seen as people who are not that smart and just have athletic abilities.