The moniker "assassin" stuck with former Oakland Raiders player Jack Tatum even after his playing days — and it's one that strikes an odd chord considering how Tatum is tied to one of the more tragic moments in the game's history.
Jack Tatum, the Pro Bowl safety for the Oakland Raiders best known for his crushing hit that paralyzed Darryl Stingley in an NFL preseason game in 1978, has died. He was 61.
The man in the red, white and blue uniform went into the air to catch a short pass and was crushed sickeningly by the man in silver and black. The receiver crashed to the ground at Oakland Coliseum and lay unmoving. Minutes later, still motionless, he was driven away from the scene on a cart.