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  1. newton_tom_cat

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    Jack Tatum, hands down

    What He Did
    In a 1978 preseason game against the New England Patriots. Tatum hit Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley as he was leaping for a pass. This badly damaged Stingley's spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. two have not spoken since that day. Tatum has never apologized for the hit. "I don't think I did anything wrong that I need to apologize for. It was a clean hit."

    It Gets Worse - he's tried to profit from the incident
    Tatum also never tried talking to Stingley about the incident until he was promoting his autobiography. In 1997, Tatum asked the NFLPA if they could give him a catastrophic injury pension for having to live though the Stingley incident but the league declined after thinking it wasn't a catastrophic injury.

    But Something Tells Me There is a God (and he can be mean)
    Tatum would eventually face his own disability as his left leg was amputated below the knee in 2003 due to a staph infection caused by diabetes. Tatum also suffered from an arterial blockage that almost cost him his right leg. He currently uses a prosthetic leg to walk around or a wheelchair.

    here's the whole bio of this miserable POS
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Tatum
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    I was 5 yrs. old when the hit happened, but my father has told me the story many times. A fu*cking pre-seasnon game. So sad.

    Didn't know about the leg bit; couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
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    #12 Jersey

    Tatum is up there at the top, but Bill Romonowski is not to far behind. And Pac man Jones is making it a close race...
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    From what I've heard (and seen on video), Romo isn't in Tatum's league when it comes to hits intended to cause injury. This guy speared *constantly*.
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    We've already got a couple threads on Borges.
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    Conrad Dobler and Jack Tatum were definitely the two dirtiest players, though Romo's close.
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    romo is 2nd, i'll give you that, but a distant 2nd. LB spitting and picking on a small WR, and then sucker punching his own team mate in practise from behind and ending his career. yeah, that's bad. too bad a joey porter-type wasn't on the 9ers during the spitting incident to see how romo would have handled someone his own size. definitely deserved a beating.
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    In his 1980 biography, Hatem Tatum spelled Stingley's name wrong. Classless.

    BTW, in addition to being the most tragic injury in Pats history, the Pats lost their most heartbraking loss on that same field in January, 1977. That place was a nightmare for us.
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    Im reading the autobiography right now for research for my spinal injuries paper. And I have to say, as much as we may hate him for what he did, he reminds me a bit of a ****ier Rodney. Perhaps a cross between Rodney and Deion Sanders. He just wants to hit hard according to him.

    That being said, it was a F-ing preseason game.
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    Tatum without a doubt was the biggest one..RH is not even close!! It was Atkinson and Tatum, part of the thug backfield, that was celebrating with high 5s on the sidelines as the medics were out on the field saving Stingley's life. TOTALLY classless...Oh..the Borges connection?? He was a young writer in Oakland in those days and good friends with them. in the same class....
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    A Pulitzer Prize winning photograph entitled "Get that N*****!" may change your mind.

    I'd post a link to it, but I don't know how. Regardless, if you interested to the degree to start this post you can look it up.
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    Found some info on "The Johnny Bright Incident":

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Bright_Incident
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    Darryl was a guy who changed the way I viewed football, remember the incident and fall out quite well. No longer was it a game amongst big men, but amongst big men who could really hurt each other. My wife was friendly with those guys, as her friend spend some time with Darryl. She describes him as soft spoken and intelligent. Every once and a while I come across some news on him and cherish it, he now lives in Chicago, in a condo overlooking the lake, after a lot of early financial probs is doing as well as can be expected. There is a lot of stuff associated with him, always wondered why his jersey does not hang in Gillette.. some gave all.
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    I was born in 1960, so I missed the worst of US racism.

    But geez it could be ugly in the 1950s, evidently.

    That said -- my family had a whole lot of run-ins, many fatal, with the concentration camps.

    I think this thread really should have its title changed to somehow explicitly mention "football", even though the context is pretty obvious as it stands.
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    LOL! Why doesn't that loser move to Australia or somewhere else far, far away.
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    When Jack Tatum was asked a few years ago why He has not contacted Daryl Stingley ,He responded,"I have not had the time to contact Him." Thirty years and He hasn't had the time !
    There is some good news in this story however, just last year Jack Tatum lost his leg to diabetes. The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways.
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    Thanks for this. I can remember reading at least one lengthy story about him that included an interview and he came across as a generous and stoical man in extraordinarily tough circumstances. Although I never saw him play, I'd have to say that he is my favourite Patriot. If you have any more news, I'd appreciate hearing it.
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    Tatum is this and that but Rodney Harrison is a "throwback"? Harrison plays the exact same way Tatum did. By the way, I saw the play happen, and it was just another late-hit football play until Stingley did not get up.
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    One of the reasons that I will always cut John Madden some slack was because of the way he handled stuff after this incident. For those who were too young or do not remember, he was the Raiders coach at the time. He made a point of visiting Stingley in the hospital immediately after the incident and helped the Patriots coordinate his care when the Patriots staff had to return east. Even though his broadcasting gifts are slipping away, the stuff that he did for Stingley in the aftermath grants him some tolerance from me.
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    i wonder why neither he nor al davis criticized and punished tatum. tatum played 2 more seasons for the raiders after that.
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    There's a huge difference, and it's called being a human being. I've got no problem with hard hitters, I've got no problem with going all out even in a preseason game. It's what happened after the fact that makes the difference.

    If you seen Tatum in interviews over the years, you'll note a total lack of sympathy or concern over what happened to Stingley. Legal hit or not... the dude you hit will never walk again. A human being cares about that. On the contrary, when someone is lying on the ground after a Rodney hit, Rodney's right there on bended-knee with a look of true concern on his face praying for the guy to get up and be okay. In his heart, Rodney is a good man, I believe that sincerely. I never got that vibe from Tatum. Ever.
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    Bullsh!t on both comments,dude.

    I saw the play too and it was late, it was going for the head, it was intended to injure.

    Rodney is nothing like Jack tatum- nothing. I've never seen Rodney come in late that way, I've never seen Rodney go for the head with an intent to injure. Sure he goes after the big hit, but not late and not to the head.

    Maybe you need to see a slow motion replay of Tatums hit. Watch his elbow swinging to the head. And he continued to do that many times after the Stingley hit.
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    A perfect example of the difference of the two is how Rodney acted when he ended Trent Green's season in a preseason game while he was playing for the Chargers. Rodney said he felt terrible about it, and that he never would want that to happen to someone, especially Trent Green, who was a friend of his. Harrison later states that he was so deeply affected by the media saying he hurt Green on purpose and that he is a terrible person that he seriously contemplated retirement. And that was only an injury that took away Green's season, not his ability to walk.
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    NFL-wise, Tatum is number one, two and three on my list. Romo four.

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