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Jack Tatum
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Football Player
    (November 18, 1948-July 27, 2010)
    Born in Cherryville, North Carolina
    Safety for the Oakland Raiders (1971-79) and Houston Oilers (1980)
    Three time Pro Bowler (1973-75)
    Nicknamed 'The Assassin'
    He said, 'I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.'
    He hit Darryl Stingley during a pre-season game (August 12, 1978) and left him paralyzed.
    Commenting on his refusal to apologize to Stingley, he said, 'I don't think I did anything wrong that I need to apologize for. It was a clean hit.'
    In his autobiography, he said the NFL should ban quick short patterns like the one on which Stingley was injured, prompting a New York Times reviewer to observe that it was like John Wilkes Booth 'suggesting that hereafter a president be prohibited from attending the theater.'
    Although he did not feel guilty about the hit on Stingley, he said, 'I feel sorry for what happened to him.'
    No penalty was called on the play.
    When Stingley died, he said, 'Daryl will be forever remembered for his strength and courage.'
    After he lost a leg to diabetes, he founded a charity to fund diabetes research.

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