Former Raider Jack Tatum Dies

Former Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum has died at the age of 61 of an apparent heart attack.

Nicknamed “The Assassin”, Tatum may be best known for his hit on Darryl Stingley during a preseason game which left Stingley paralyzed.

From Fan House:

Jack Tatum, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Oakland Raiders and a star at Ohio State, died Tuesday of a heart attack, according to multiple reports. Tatum was 61.

A first-round pick by Oakland in the 1971 draft (No. 18 overall), Tatum earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitters to ever play in the NFL — a fact played out in his nickname, “The Assassin.” His crunching hit on Sammy White in Super Bowl XI, a game won 32-14 by the Raiders, still endures on NFL highlight reels.

From NBC4i:

Tatum passed away at 9 a.m. PST Tuesday from a massive heart attack. It was noon EST.

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel gave this statement on the passing of Jack Tatum: “We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes. When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans.”

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3 Comments on “Former Raider Jack Tatum Dies”

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  2. Honeydog Says:

    Way back when, when I first “got into” Football, followed the Teams, even made Bets— The Oakland Raiders were, and always remained, among my top Favorites. I still remember where I was and the people I was with, as we watched Jack “Assassinate” Stingley and Sammy on those infamous days. For years, I never missed a Raiders Game, as, no matter what the final Score, they always Played great, and Jack assured all the extra Excitement a Fan could handle. Those were the Days, and Times I won’t soon forget. I’m sorry to hear of his Passing…. What an Athlete. RIP.

  3. dyulyur Says:

    It’s a terrible tragedy that Jack Tatum has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at

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