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Pat Tillman in his NFL days; Pat Tillman's official military photo
Gene Lower/Getty Images; U.S. Department of Defense

Social media users called out the National Football League (NFL) for misrepresenting the circumstances behind former football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman's death after Super Bowl LVII opened with an Army propaganda segment praising Tillman for his self-sacrifice by dying “in the line of duty" in Afghanistan in 2004.

The supposed tribute to Tillman—who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after joining the military following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001—was also soured by the fact four Pat Tillman Foundation scholars were chosen to be the coin-toss captains to determine which team would start with the ball.

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