PHOENIX -- On Saturday, 28,000 people ran 4.2 miles in Tempe to celebrate the late Pat Tillman's life and raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Sunday marked the eighth anniversary of the pro football player turned Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan. D-backs shortstop and Arizona State alum Willie Bloomquist didn't run for understandable baseball reasons, but he shared his thoughts on the event and Tillman.
"Obviously he's a special individual for what he did with what he believed off the field," Bloomquist said. "I think it's very important we continue to remember him for what he did. Very few are built like him. He's a special person." Bloomquist's time at ASU coincided with Tillman's Sun Devil football career. Pat's brother, Kevin, was on the ASU baseball team with Bloomquist, and the D-backs shortstop became friends with both. "Pat was a tremendous individual on a personal level," Bloomquist said. "Getting to know him was great. And then what he did for the country, it's just outstanding." Pat's Run is in its eighth year and the proceeds from the event have helped give millions to veterans, active service members and their family members for educational scholarships. Bloomquist said once his playing career comes to an end, he will be a regular participant in the run.