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Former Raider Jack Tatum dies at 61

July 27, 2010 | 11:36 am


Jack Tatum, a ferocious defensive back for Ohio State University and the Oakland Raiders, died Tuesday of a heart attack at age 61, Tatum's former Ohio State teammate John Hicks told Ohio television station 10TV News.

Tatum was perhaps best known for the hit he made on New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley during an exhibition game in 1978 that left Stingley paralyzed.

Tatum played nine years in the NFL and was on the Raiders team that won the Super Bowl after the 1976 season.

Stingley, who later said he forgave Tatum, died in 2007.

A full obituary will follow at

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sammy White loses his helmet in Super Bowl XI at the Rose Bowl as Jack Tatum (32) and Skip Thomas of the Oakland Raiders hit him. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press