Jack Tatum (November 18, 1948 – July 27, 2010)
Former Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum passed away July 27 after a heart attack. The defender who provided bone-crushing hits and had one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history with a devastating hit, was nicknamed “the Assassin.”
Tatum was voted to three Pro Bowls (1973-1975) and was a member of one Super Bowl winning club during his nine seasons in Silver & Black.
In an article in January, SBReport.net tabbed his moment in Super Bowl XI eighth out of ten in Raider history:
It was a convincing victory versus the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. But a lot of the Raider lore and history for being tough renegades, who just dominated and placed feared into opponents was acquired by one of the most devastating hits in football history – which happened in the game’s grandest stage. Jack Tatum knocked the helmet of Vikings’ receiver Sammy White. He stood over him admiring his work in a menacing fashion…
Tatum, who suffered with diabetes, had all five toes on his left foot amputated due to a staph infection. He gave time, increasing awareness for diabetes, ultimately creating the Ohio-based Jack Tatum Fund for Youthful Diabetes.
SBREPORT.NET REMEMBERS A LEGEND AND SENDS ITS DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE TATUM FAMILY.