Jack Tatum died today of a heart attack in Columbus, Ohio. He was 61. The former Oakland Raiders defensive back was best-known for his 1978 preseason tackle of former New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley. The hit left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down for life. Stingley died a quadraplegic of heart disease and pneumonia in 2007.
Some of Tatum’s last, extensive comments about Stingley were made to former BERGEN (NJ) RECORD reporter Adrian Wojnarowski in 2003. Wojnarowski’s piece containing Tatum’s remarks is no longer available online, so I’ve reprinted it below.