In what hints of Pat Tillman's heroism, an Oregon State linebacker is giving up football to join the military.
The school announced Thursday that starting middle linebacker David Pa'aluhi was leaving the team to join "the armed forces". Like Tillman was with the Arizona Cardinals, Pa'aluhi was a key contributor for the Beavers. He started all 13 games last season and was second in tackles with 77. That was good for Pac-10 honorable mention status.
Pa'aluhi didn't play football until his senior year in high school after growing up in Hawaii as a wrestler and kick boxer. He has a wife and child and had been dealing with "personal issues" according to the Portland Oregonian.
"We fully support David's decision," coach Mike Riley said. "He's a terrific young man with a great future, and all of us in the Beaver football program thank for his contributions and wish him the very best."
Stay safe, David.