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It's old news now but Pat Tillman is dead. He was an NFL football player who turned down a multimillion dollar contract to join the Rangers. He was killed when the helocopter he was flying in was attacked. I mulled this over for the past week or so and didn't really think I had much to add. I now think, this is the most fitting tribute:

To An Athlete Dying Young

THE time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not …