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Legendary Raider Jack 'The Assassin' Tatum Dies At Age 61

Legendary Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum died from a heart attack on Tuesday morning.

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Raiders Statement On Jack Tatum's Death: He Was A True Raider Warrior

The Raiders released a statement on the death of legendary defensive back Jack Tatum.

We are deeply saddened by the news of Jack Tatum's passing. Jack was a true Raider champion and a true Raider warrior.

He was a great player and person and has been a big part of our lives since we drafted him in 1971 as a first round pick out of Ohio State.

Jack was the standard bearer and an inspiration for the position of safety throughout college and professional football.

Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to his wife Denise and family.

Head over to SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride for memories of "The Assassin".


VIDEO: Jack Tatum, One Of The NFL's Most Feared Hitters

Jack Tatum, a legendary Raider and one of the NFL's most feared hitters, died at the age of 61 on Tuesday morning.

He was best known for his devastating hits on receivers. He said one time during his life, "I just wanted receivers to think about me a little bit as they tried to catch the ball. They thought about him plenty as the video below shows.


Legendary Raider Jack 'The Assassin' Tatum Dies At Age 61

One of the best defensive backs to play the game has passed away at the age of 61. Jack Tatum was a 10-year NFL veteran playing for the Raiders and Oilers winning one Super Bowl and appearing in three Pro Bowls.

He died on Tuesday morning from a heart attack. according to

Tatum was known as one of the fiercest hitters in NFL history. Perhaps the play for which he's known best is one he put on Patriots receiver Daryl Stingley. The hit paralyzed Stingley from the chest down.

He played at Ohio State under legendary coach Woody Hayes, who later developed the "Jack Tatum Hit Of The Week Award", given to the Buckeye with the best defensive hit of that week's game. He was originally recruited as a running back before switching to the defensive side of the ball.

Tatum was selected to Ohio State's Hall of Fame as well as College Football's Hall of Fame.

Current Ohio State coach Jim Tressel issued a statement on Tatum's death.

"We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes. When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans."

For more on the loss of one of the better football players in history, check out SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride.

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