Jack Tatum: A Career Defined by a Single Unfortunate Incident

August 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Jack Tatum passed away on July 27, 2010, most comments were appropriately respectful, speaking of Jacks ferociousness on the field and all out mentality. But I was completely amazed at the vitriol spewed by some, primarily referring to the 1978 preseason hit that left New England Patriots WR Darryl Stingley paralyzed.
That single incident will likely keep Jack Tatum out of the NFL Hall of Fame, though others that played with similar viciousness, and that could just as likely have caused similar injuries, have already been inducted.
In fact, despite the ferocity with which he played the game, Jack Tatum is listed as #6 on NFL Films’ list of Top Ten Most Feared Tacklers behind Dick Butkus (inducted 1979), Dick “Night Train” Lane (inducted 1974), Lawrence Taylor (inducted 1999), Ronnie Lott (inducted 2000), and Hardy Brown. He is followed by Ray Lewis, Jack Lambert (inducted 1990), Steve Atwater, and John Lynch.

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