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Pat Tillman's Former Teammate Joins Marines
NewsMax ^ | March 10, 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 03/10/2006 2:53:24 PM PST by Kaslin

A former college teammate of Pat Tillman – the NFL player who left football to join the Army and was killed in Afghanistan – has followed in his footsteps and joined the Marines.

Jeremy Staat, who also played professional football, left the game at age 29 to endure the rigors of boot camp and life in the military.

Staat was an offensive lineman at Arizona State University while Tillman played there, and the two were roommates.

After college, Staat moved on to the National Football League, playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, plus one year of arena football with the Los Angeles Avengers.

He had early thoughts of leaving football for military service, but Tillman urged Staat to stay in the league until he could get a retirement plan, the Marine Corps News reports.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Tillman decided to leave the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army. He was killed in action in 2004, a reported "friendly fire" death that is now being probed by the Pentagon.

"That was the turning point for Jeremy,” said Janet Goodheart, Staat’s mother. "After Pat was killed, he began to dwell on things. He visited me at home and we had a real serious talk. He told me he was through with football.”

Staat had reasons for joining that went beyond Tillman’s death, he said.

"The big reason was because I was really disgusted with the amount of money entertainers get and what they pay troops overseas,” he told the News.

"It didn’t seem right that we pay all those entertainers millions to catch a football and we pay our Marines pennies to a dollar to catch a bullet.

"I wanted to be a part of something that is going to live forever instead of getting trophies. What are trophies good for – collecting dust?”

But the combat utility uniforms took some getting used to, according Staat.

"I looked at them as a new uniform. Instead of having a football helmet, I had a Kevlar. Instead of wearing shoulder pads, I wore a flak jacket.”

Tillman’s old buddy said he plans on leaving a lasting impression in the Marine Corps – and maybe watching a few football games on his days off.


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To: A.A. Cunningham
Tell you what you can do, sweetheart, go spend some three months at one of the Depots bellowing "ewe-rah" and then come back and tell us how it's spelled./

Classic....

21 posted on 03/10/2006 3:43:29 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: LadyX; Coop; usmcobra

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 03/10/2006 4:12:08 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; RaceBannon; Romanov; ScreamingFist; GSWarrior
Actually, in the Old Sheriff's Deputy Corps... We said, "Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to drill we go!"

Well... That's good enough for me...

But this thread is really about Jeremy Staat, a good Marine to be!

Good Night, Chesty!!!

Did I spell 'Chesty' right?

#2, I feel... Old A.A. will let us know...

23 posted on 03/10/2006 4:12:49 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: StarCMC

For the ping list.


24 posted on 03/10/2006 4:14:22 PM PST by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: Romanov

wrong enemy


25 posted on 03/10/2006 4:29:00 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Kaslin

Thanks to all. Being former Navy, there is nothing quite so humorous as Marines arguing about spelling.

;-)


26 posted on 03/10/2006 4:51:02 PM PST by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: Kaslin
Staat said: "It didn’t seem right that we pay all those entertainers millions to catch a football and we pay our Marines pennies to a dollar to catch a bullet.
"I wanted to be a part of something that is going to live forever ... ."

Wow.

27 posted on 03/10/2006 4:52:28 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Bender2

At 6 foot 5 and 300 pounds he almost doesn't need a flak jacket.


28 posted on 03/10/2006 4:58:54 PM PST by When do we get liberated? ((God save us from the whining, useless, irrelevent left...))
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To: wyattearp
Re: Being former Navy...

Oh? A squid, eh?

Oh good! I have someone to discuss place mats with...

29 posted on 03/10/2006 5:04:16 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: RaceBannon

Yes, kind of hard to "spell" it! But, it's not Russian for "Kill them all" ;)


30 posted on 03/10/2006 5:05:44 PM PST by Romanov
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Ok, sure, I'll mention it to the 8 Marines in my office who spell it "U - Rah" in their emails, one Marine spells it "OO-Rah". FYI, trained with Marines in 1983, 1986, 1992, and 1996. But what do I know. As I mentioned in a previous post, no offense was meant. Mole Hill meet Mountain.


31 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:31 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov; A.A. Cunningham

And since when could Marines spell?


32 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:50 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: bnelson44

Huh?


33 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:58 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov

Your enemy are not people trying to praise the Marines


34 posted on 03/10/2006 5:22:03 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Doohickey

LOL! Now you've done it.


35 posted on 03/10/2006 5:24:38 PM PST by Romanov
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To: bnelson44

What? I don't understand what you are trying to say. I'm not the "enemy" I'm in the friggin' US military.


36 posted on 03/10/2006 5:25:40 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov

You'd think with so many Active Duty, Reservists and vets around a little inter-service smack talk would be fun...

Take the Doohickey residence, for example. I spent 15 years in the Navy - 13 active, 2 drilling reserve.

Mrs. Doohickey on the other hand is a Chair Force reservist.

Think there's no smack talk around here?


37 posted on 03/10/2006 5:32:45 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: Romanov

What I am saying is don't fight with people who are trying to praise the Marines. We have other enemy out there where our energy should go. Be nice.


38 posted on 03/10/2006 5:34:11 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: bnelson44

Ok, that makes sense. Wasn't trying to be mean.


39 posted on 03/10/2006 5:37:34 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Kaslin

what ever happened to H-U-A-A... Heard, Understood And Acknowledged???


40 posted on 03/10/2006 6:04:07 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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