Pat Tillman's Mother 'Shocked' by Prince Harry Receiving Son’s Award


Pat Tillman's mother 'shocked' by Prince Harry receiving her son's award, sparking controversy and debate

Pat Tillman's Mother 'Shocked' by Prince Harry Receiving Award in Her Son's Name


Pat Tillman's Mother 'Shocked' by Prince Harry Receiving Son’s Award

Mary Tillman, the mother of U.S. soldier and former NFL star Pat Tillman, has expressed her surprise and disapproval over Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, being named the recipient of an annual award established in her son’s honor. Pat Tillman, who transitioned from a career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army, was tragically killed by friendly fire in Iraq in 2004.


In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mary Tillman revealed she was not consulted about the selection of Prince Harry for the Pat Tillman Award for Service. This award, presented annually by ESPN, honors a person with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a manner that echoes Pat Tillman’s legacy.


“I am shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award,” Mary Tillman stated. “There are recipients that are far more fitting. There are individuals working in the veteran community that are doing tremendous things to assist veterans.”


Mary Tillman further emphasized the disparity in resources and privilege between Prince Harry and other potential recipients. “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,” she added.


Prince Harry is scheduled to receive the award at next month’s ESPY Awards ceremony for his role in founding the Invictus Games. The 39-year-old son of Britain’s King Charles III served a decade in the British Armed Forces and co-created the Invictus Games in 2014. This international sports competition for wounded veterans and active-duty military personnel has been praised for promoting resilience, community, and healing through sport.


“The Invictus Games have evolved into a globally celebrated and acclaimed organization that celebrates resilience, community, and healing through the power of sport,” ESPN noted in a statement.


“This one is for our entire service community,” Prince Harry remarked regarding the award, according to ABC News.


The previous year’s recipient of the award was the Buffalo Bills training staff, honored for their life-saving actions during a game when Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field.


The decision to honor Prince Harry this year has sparked backlash, leading to a petition urging ESPN to reconsider the choice. The petition had garnered over 12,300 signatures by Sunday afternoon.


The ESPY Awards ceremony, hosted by Serena Williams, will be broadcast on July 11 at 8 p.m. on ABC.


Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped down as full-time working members of the British royal family and relocated to California in 2020. They later disclosed that racism influenced their decision to step back from their senior royal positions. The couple’s relationship with the British royal family has reportedly been strained, particularly following the release of Harry’s memoir “Spare.”


The Hill has reached out to the Tillman Foundation and ESPN for further comment.



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