'The Assassin' Jack Tatum has died

The man they called ‘The Assassin’ has died.

Multiple media reports indicate that Jack Tatum, the fierce hitting safety for the Oakland Raiders and before that Ohio State University, had died today of a heart attack. Tatum was 61.

The channel 10TV in Columbus, Ohio, reports that Tatum’s passing was confirmed by a former Buckeyes teammate. A three-time All-Big Ten selection and the nation’s top defensive player in 1970, Tatum was a perfect fit for the Silver & Black of the Raiders. He’s most well known for a hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley in 1978 that left Stingley paralyzed. Stingley died three years ago.

Tatum retired from the NFL in 1980. He suffered from diabetes and had his right leg amputated. He also lost the toes on his left foot. Tatum was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel named the best hit each week after Tatum, calling it the “Jack Tatum Hit of the Week.”

Tatum played nine seasons with the Raiders and is known for one of the biggest hits in Super Bowl history when he leveled Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sammy White in Super Bowl XI. He played the 1980 season for the Houston Oilers before retiring. The National Football Post sends its condolences to the family of Tatum.

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