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  • #16
    Originally posted by LizardState View Post
    Stingley just died a couple of yrs. ago. RIP for both.

    I read his book, They Call Me Assassin back in the early 70s, he was aptly named. He & fellow Raider safety Al Atkinson had a point system like a bounty on hits made on receivers, 1 point for knocked unconscious, 2 for knocked out of the game, 3 for a broken limb, injury or concussion, & they made it public to spread terror through the NFL. Tatum played LB at Ohio St. & was converted to safety by the Raiders.

    He lost a leg to diabetes a few yrs. back & was in poor health. Despite his reputation he is definitely HoF material.
    actually he played corner there, but was basically a safety (they just called him a DB).

    here is him at the rose bowl this past january.


    total bs that he didn't go into the HOF during his lifetime. he did ruin that WRs career and put him in a wheelchair, but when you get down to it the injuries are all risks of playing the game.
    Last edited by keylime_5; 07-27-2010, 04:34 PM.

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    • #17
      Rip brother u were and still are my favorite raider of all time rip #32

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      • #18
        RIP Jack, a silver & black great

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        • #19
          Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
          actually he played corner there, but was basically a safety (they just called him a DB).

          here is him at the rose bowl this past january.


          total bs that he didn't go into the HOF during his lifetime. he did ruin that WRs career and put him in a wheelchair, but when you get down to it the injuries are all risks of playing the game.
          My memory of him there was that he did play LB, Lizard is old enough to remember:-D

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          • #20
            He's not the most popular player, most because of his refusal to admit he did something wrong with that crippling hit on Stingley, but he was an all-time Raider great and had a huge impact on the history of the game. He should be in the Hall.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Paranoidmoonduck View Post
              He's not the most popular player, most because of his refusal to admit he did something wrong with that crippling hit on Stingley, but he was an all-time Raider great and had a huge impact on the history of the game. He should be in the Hall.
              What he did was within the framework of the rules at the time. I'm not trying to make a martyr out of Stingley, but that hit got the league to start figuring out that it wasn't the best idea to have it's product out there maiming and crippling itself.

              It's not so much the hit itself, but rather the fact that it occurred in a meaningless preseason game.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Babylon View Post
                My memory of him there was that he did play LB, Lizard is old enough to remember:-D
                sometimes they lined him up at linebacker so he could kill runningbacks, but he was definitely a DB at Ohio State. His DBs coach was Lou Holtz.

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                • #23
                  RIP.

                  The guy was vicious but that's how the game was played back then. That Raider team shouldve won more Super Bowls.

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                  • #24
                    I'm not old enough to have seen him actually play (I'm 25) but I remember reading that the hit on Stingley was an exhibition game on a pass way over thrown.
                    Either way- from what I've seen (highlights, NFL Films) he was a badass and from an outside observer- I think he belongs in the Hall as well.

                    Babylon... How old are you?!
                    -Boston Red Sox-New England Patriots-Boston Celtics-

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                    • #25
                      One of the great players you think of during the 1970's Raiders. RIP


                      "Just Win Baby"- Al Davis
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Nalej View Post
                        I'm not old enough to have seen him actually play (I'm 25) but I remember reading that the hit on Stingley was an exhibition game on a pass way over thrown.
                        Either way- from what I've seen (highlights, NFL Films) he was a badass and from an outside observer- I think he belongs in the Hall as well.

                        Babylon... How old are you?!
                        Old enough to remember the Beatles.

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                        • #27
                          We need videos.

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                          • #28
                            RIP 'the Assassin'. He might be my fav all-time Raiders defender.

                            Here's hoping Mike Mitchell can replicate even the most miniscule remnant of Jack's illustrious HoF worthy career.

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                            • #29
                              Some guys I call 'collision artists', Tatum was one of those guys who just understood the science of how to deliver a 'whoo' hit.

                              Tatum was 5'10, maybe 190 - 200#, and he routinely rocked guys who were 40 to 60# heavier than he was.

                              That tape posted from the NFL Network by yourfavestoner showing the hit Tatum put on Earl Campbell and some unknown 6'5, 260# Broncos TE are jaw-dropping.

                              Ronnie Lott may have been a more complete defensive back, but year in and out, I'd have a hard time arguing there were better pure hitters in the NFL than Tatum.

                              Surely there was none better during the 70s.

                              Does anyone really know why he was stonewalled for the HOF?? Is it because he paralyzed Stingley??

                              Maybe the best player not in the HOF who's been eligible for over 20 years.
                              Last edited by FUNBUNCHER; 07-29-2010, 06:45 AM.

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