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That's the title of Jon Krakauer's new Pat Tillman biopic coming this September.

Tillman was a NFL starting safety who walked away from a 3.6 million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers with his brother Kevin. He served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan and was killed in a controversial friendly fire incident near the Pakistan border, about which the Army was less than forthcoming. A few believe that it may have even been murder.

I'm a fan of Krakauer's work and I expect that he'll have his work cut out for him as Tillman has become a symbol for a number of different groups, none of which are particularly interested in Pat Tillman the human being. Personally, I hope Krakauer writes the story about the iconoclast and individualist who set out to live an interesting life guided by his convictions and his own sense of honor.

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think....you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." -Emerson