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Jack Tatum dies at 61; Oakland Raider safety whose hit left Darryl Stingley paralyzed
Jack Tatum dies at 61; Oakland Raider safety whose hit left Darryl Stingley paralyzed

Jack Tatum, the storied Oakland Raiders safety best known for landing the hit that paralyzed New England receiver Darryl Stingley, has died. He was 61. Tatum, among the most feared and respected NFL players of his era, died of a heart attack Tuesday morning in an Oakland hospital. He had been waiting for a kidney transplant. Tatum was a sledgehammer in Oakland's "Soul Patrol" secondary of the 1970s that also included safety George Atkinson, cornerback Skip Thomas and Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown. "As many big plays as Jack made, it let you know this guy knew where to be when the chips were down," Atkinson said. "Guys didn't want to come across...

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