July 27, 2010 by staff
“We have lost one of our biggest Buck Eyes,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said in a statement. “When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss affects every age Ohio State players and fans.”
Tatum addressed any and all opponents of the plan moving. A three-time Pro Bowler, Tatum won Super Bowl XI Raiders. In that game, he created his lasting image in his left hand cutting here Vikings receiver Sammy White helmetless on the ground.
He was also involved in one of the most famous and one of the most infamous plays in NFL history.
It was Tatum drilled Steelers’ Frenchy Fuqua recipient of a 1972 playoff game. Träffen, on a target pass from Terry Bradshaw, sent the ball flying backwards in the direction of Franco Harris, who was the play of the “immaculate reception.”
His biggest and most devastating hit came on a collision course with Darryl Stingley of the New England Patriots during a preseason game it 12 August 1978. Although they were not flagged on the play, Tatum broke Stingley neck in a head here immediately paralyzing him from the neck down. Stingley regained later part of his right arm and was able to drive his motorized wheelchair. The two never reconciled and Stingley, at age 55, died in 2007 from the after effects.
In 2003, the portion of the Tatum left leg below the knee amputee due to complications from his battle with diabetes. His health had deteriorated recently.
Public appearances were rare for Tatum in recent years. He broke it first in the national consciousness in the late ’60s when he helped lead a Woody Hayes-coached Ohio State to national championships.
“If you went out trouble getting hurt, you may not be a player,” Tatum told Yahoo Sports! in 2007. “You can really not a good player.”
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