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Everybody loves lists, but sometimes all a list does is start a debate. That’s not a bad thing—debating—but it’s not always a good thing either. Therefore, I’m not numbering my list of the most memorable sports stories of the decade.

To me, each of these five stories was terribly memorable. Some were more emotionally significant to me than others, but all five helped define the decade in sport. 


My Five Most Memorable American Sports Stories of the Decade


Pat Tillman

It wouldn’t be correct to simply categorize the story of Pat Tillman as Pat Tillman’s death, because Tillman had to make a difficult choice before his death on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan. The former Arizona State football player, who was suiting up for the Arizona Cardinals in 2001, decided to enlist in the Army and end his football career in May of 2002.


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