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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; army; iraq; jeremy; jeremystaat; marines; nfl; oaklandraiders; pat; pattillman; pittsburghsteelers; seattleseahawks; staat; stlouisrams; terrorism; tillman; waronterror; wot
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1 posted on 03/10/2006 2:53:26 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Can you say "Hoooo Rahhhh!' mister?

2 posted on 03/10/2006 2:58:51 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: SandRat

PING


3 posted on 03/10/2006 2:59:52 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Bender2

Ooh-Rah doesn't begin with "H".


4 posted on 03/10/2006 3:03:13 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; cgk

Jeremy Staat


5 posted on 03/10/2006 3:03:53 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Kaslin

Great story.....another great Marine


6 posted on 03/10/2006 3:04:06 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: Kaslin

Arizona State BUMP!!!


7 posted on 03/10/2006 3:04:55 PM PST by inkling
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To: Kaslin
Jeremy Staat
8 posted on 03/10/2006 3:05:52 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: A.A. Cunningham

And it doesn't begin with "Ooh" - it's U-Rah!


9 posted on 03/10/2006 3:06:45 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Kaslin

Jeremy Staat is a real American.


10 posted on 03/10/2006 3:07:21 PM PST by putupjob
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To: Romanov

BS


11 posted on 03/10/2006 3:07:42 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Romanov

I think ooh-rah is correct.


12 posted on 03/10/2006 3:08:30 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Kaslin
Ex-NFL lineman trades jersey for utilities, helmet for Kevlar
13 posted on 03/10/2006 3:08:42 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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14 posted on 03/10/2006 3:11:20 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: Kaslin

Good for him!


15 posted on 03/10/2006 3:11:52 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

The Marines I work with always spell it "U - Rah" because "Ooh" sounds like O.. On google, I've seen it both ways. Personally I like the "U" because that's how it sounds, but I'm not going to quibble about it, especially in light of the fact this is good news about a fine young man heeding the call of service. (I.e., no offense meant)


16 posted on 03/10/2006 3:13:33 PM PST by Romanov
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Re: Ooh-Rah doesn't begin with "H"

Hey! Jack is Old Corps! And he speaks with an accent... Just be glad Sgt Carter didn't get into it!

Pyle! Are you queer or something? It is not "Ueeee Weeee!" It is "Ooh-Rah!"

Jan Michael, do you have any idea how fat and ugly you will be in 30 years?

17 posted on 03/10/2006 3:19:20 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: Romanov
The Marines I work with always spell it "U - Rah"

BS

What you "personally like" is irrelevant.

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.

18 posted on 03/10/2006 3:27:41 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Kaslin

But...no one want to join the military, right?

Good for him! Another great American.


19 posted on 03/10/2006 3:37:52 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (The Liberals/Media Hate Us Just as Much as They Hate Bush.)
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To: Romanov; A.A. Cunningham

It is actually more of a UGH sound, not a U sound...

Ah-UGH RUH!

makes it sound sharper...

Someone told me it is an English translation for the Russian phrase, "KILL THEM ALL"


20 posted on 03/10/2006 3:40:49 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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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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To: freema; GSWarrior; RaceBannon; SandRat; JoeSixPack1; A.A. Cunningham; Romanov
One of the "Venerable Ones" here - USMC Korean Conflict Veteran, instructing women recruits in classroom subjects at Parris Island, entering The Corps 25 June 1952...

Hearing the cry there, and seeing it in several references, it was spelled as "Oooh-Rah!!!

The "OOOH" portion is pronounced as it is in "ooze"....

What say you, JoeSixPack1, SandRat, or freema,
daughter/wife/mother/aunt/etc/of Marines?!

My time aboard Parris Island was during THE biggest buildup in Corps History - 35,000 SOB (Souls On Board) according to the History Museum at PI.

It so happened that the Iwo Jima Monument on the Parade Deck there (every dime paid by Marines) had its official Dedication Ceremony soon after I graduated from Boot Camp, in which I had served as Right Guide, and went straight to the podium.

Because of my experience, I was given the high honor and privilege of carrying the American Flag in it, as Guidon Bearer out front with the "A" Company Commander, leading eight full companies of United States Marines.

In 2002, my husband and I took our grandson, then 16 and in JRROTC, to Parris Island for a graduating Company ceremony to receive their emblems and the right to be called MARINE.

Here is my photograph at the 50 years point since dedicating the Monument...

It obviously still is true that if there is a parade on that field, "the wind will come"..:)
The National Anthem is interminably long when you are a small person holding a full-sized American Flag straight out against the wind!!

[My DI from Boot Camp on the sidelines of the Dedication Ceremony raked in lotsa dollars with bets with scoffers on my ability to perform my Guidon Bearer duties to perfection..:)]

41 posted on 03/10/2006 6:08:41 PM PST by LadyX ((( He Is The Lord, above all things )))
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To: LadyX

Aye-Aye Gunny!!!


42 posted on 03/10/2006 6:12:22 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: LadyX

Interesting stuff. I sure as heck didn't want to get in a debate over this!! I'm still waiting for this to be released:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418689/


43 posted on 03/10/2006 6:12:37 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Kaslin

All American hero.

I wish him the best.


44 posted on 03/10/2006 6:17:09 PM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: wyattearp

ROTFLMAO!


45 posted on 03/10/2006 6:29:22 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Bender2

ROTFLMAOPIMP!


46 posted on 03/10/2006 6:30:28 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Romanov

Well if this thread is any indication, Staat is in for one good ride. LOL!


47 posted on 03/10/2006 6:31:15 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: freema

I'd be willing to bet he'll be prouder of becoming a Marine than he was when he made the pros. Good on him!


48 posted on 03/10/2006 6:32:35 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov; LadyX

I had no idea a film was being made.

Wow. The book is pretty awesome. Especially the part describing the scene from the ships-my uncle was there.


49 posted on 03/10/2006 6:36:50 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: freema

And with Clint Eastwood behind the camera, I'm sure it'll be good. Although, they have Reese Witherspoon's hubby playing the main role.


50 posted on 03/10/2006 6:39:12 PM PST by Romanov
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