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30 Year Anniversary of Jack Tatum’s Hit on Darryl Stingley
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Aug 12th 2008 12:17PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Raiders, AFC East, AFC West, NFL InjuriesIn a preseason game on August 12th, 1978, Oakland’s Jack Tatum met Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley with a forearm to the head that left Stingley paralyzed.

Stingley broke his fourth and fifth vertebrae and would live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. At the time of the hit, he was set to be the NFL’s highest paid receiver (they had agreed to the contract but they were waiting to sign it when they returned from Oakland). He died in April 2007.

That hit sent shockwaves throughout football. Anti-football fans pointed to it as the violent nature of the game. At the time, Tatum’s hit was legal … but the league then made rules to stop overly-aggressive plays and hits and allowed for some safety for receivers.

Gene Upshaw, a guard for the Raiders at the time, befriended Stingley and carried a long friendship. Upshaw would go on to become leader of the NFLPA, though his work for disabled veterans remains spotty. He has been able to get teams to up their disability benefits.

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