Pro football pauses to honor fallen military members on Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, numerous news outlets reported on the NFL's involvement in the military and related events:

* Former NFL wide receiver Rob More talked to about his late friend Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals safety who quit pro football to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.

"The conversations we would have were unbelievable," said Moore. "We would talk about everything from where healthcare was going to who we were voting for to be president and why, to what it's like to be a father. We had a friendship, and it went beyond the white lines of football."

He said Tillman would quote Ralph Waldo Emerson and other notable writers on a whim in mid-conversation, and recite the book he read from and the page number too.

Their friendship became one of substance, not just of hard-hits and gridiron aggression. They learned from each other on those plane rides, diving deep past the surface, and surely past what their counterparts two seats over were discussing.

"I remember distinctly, one of the conversations we had was how disappointed he was in himself because his exact words were, 'I haven't done a damn thing. My grandfather fought in a war and his dad fought in a war and I'm just a football player. I haven't done anything and that doesn't sit well with me.' We had that conversation."

* Speaking of Tillman, Pro Players Insider reported on the traveling Hall of Fame exhibit that honors fallen football players.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has recognized that and has a traveling exhibit that honors the stories of tragedy and personal sacrifice that have been made by more than 1,200 players, coaches and administrators that optioned to serve their county and as a result, it interrupted or delayed their pro football careers.

Some of the items in the exhibit include Pat Tillman's Army Ranger uniform, Hall of Famer Art Donovan's Army uniform; the career medals of General Earnest Cheatham (pro football's highest ranking former player), and the Cleveland Browns sideline jacket of Don Steinbrunner who was one of only two NFL players to perish during the Vietnam War.

* reported on how Jared Allen is helping a wounded war veteran.

Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors foundation is teaming up with the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund to purchase, remodel and donate a handicap-accessible home in Gilbert, Arizona, to a wounded war veteran, Army Ranger Sergeant First Class (SFC) Cory Remsburg.

Remsburg joined the Army when he was 18. He went through rigorous and specialized training to become an elite Army Ranger, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 10 times. He spent a total of 39 months in combat and was eventually promoted to be the leader of his company's heavy weapons squad.

In 2009, Remsburg and his platoon hit a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and the explosion nearly killed him. He was found face down with shrapnel lodged in his brain. Remsburg was in a coma for more than three months. After undergoing dozens of surgeries, he is still blind in his right eye and is partially paralyzed on his left side. After years of rehabilitation centers and hospitals, Remsburg now lives at home with a full-time caregiver in Phoenix.

* looked at current and former NFL players who served in the military.

* reported on Browns players who have joined forces with the USO.

* And KMGH-TV in Denver reported that Broncos offensive lineman Ben Garland, who also is in the National Guard, was promoted to captain Monday.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor