Pat Tillman’s mom “shocked” by ESPN’s pick for her late son’s award for service

Paralympic athlete Sgt. Elizabeth Marks receives the Pat Tillman Award in 2016. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

Sara Vallone
The Charlotte Observer

On June 27, it was revealed that Prince Harry would be among the people to be honored at this year’s ESPYs. Now Pat Tillman’s mom is speaking out.

As ESPN announced, Prince Harry is to be honored for his service with the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The Pat Tillman Award is “given to a person with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a way that echoes the legacy of the former NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman.”

Pat Tillman was a member of the Arizona Cardinals roster when he enlisted in the Army following the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.

He was 27 years old when he was killed during a tour in Afghanistan in 2004.

According to ESPN, the decision to give Harry Pat Tillman’s award was to honor “his tireless work in making a positive impact for the veteran community through the power of sport.”

Harry, a veteran who also completed two tours in Afghanistan, is the founder of The Invictus Games, which began in 2014 and offers a competitive outlet for wounded and sick soldiers, both active duty and veterans all over the world.

The resolution to honor Harry with the prestigious award was met with mixed opinions. Now, Pat Tillman’s mom, Mary, is speaking out.

“I am shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award,” Mary Tillman told the Daily Mail.

“There are recipients that are far more fitting. There are individuals working in the veteran community that are doing tremendous things to assist veterans,” she continued. “These individuals do not have the money, resources, connections or privilege that Prince Harry has. I feel that those types of individuals should be recognized.”

Harry has not yet publicly addressed the news of the award.

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