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    Anyone remember Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum? Leg amputated.

    Teammates rallying around Tatum
    Former Buckeyes aid defensive star felled by diabetes
    By Doug Harris
    Dayton Daily News

    July 10, 2003

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State football stars John Hicks and Jack Tatum have been friends for more than three decades. But their relationship didn't exactly begin on the best of terms.

    Tatum was two years ahead of Hicks when they roomed together. But instead of offering the wisdom and guidance expected of a senior, Tatum pulled rank.

    "He took my car and wouldn't give it back," Hicks recalls. "He kept the keys. He gave me the opportunity to put some gas in it. I remind him of that from time to time."

    Hicks is digging into his pockets again on Tatum's behalf. But this time the former All-American lineman isn't complaining.

    He is helping to organize a fundraiser for Tatum and his family called the "Evening with the Stars" on July 18 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe in Columbus. Tatum had his left leg amputated below the knee in April because of complications of diabetes.

    "It came as quite a shock to me," Tatum, 54, said by phone from his room at OSU Medical Center. "It kind of snuck up on me. But with all the love and support I've been getting, I'm feeling pretty good and I'm coming back."

    Hicks is urging former Buckeyes to donate memorabilia and make themselves available for autographs at the event.

    "The response has been unbelievable," Hicks said. "Guys from the 1940s to the 1990s are signing up. I've gotten over 200 e-mails. Chris Spielman said it best: `One Buckeye down, all Buckeyes down.'"

    Tatum, who lives in Oakland, Calif., had been working for the Raiders as a sideline assistant. He supplemented his income with promotional appearances.

    He eventually will be fitted for a prosthesis. In the meantime, Hicks has arranged for Tatum to receive treatment this week from specialists.

    "They're checking out my diabetes to make sure nothing happens to the other leg," said Tatum, who is married with two teenage children.

    He was a two-time All-American defensive back at OSU and was the national defensive player of the year in 1970. He was known as a helmet-cracking hitter (his collision with New England's Darryl Stingley in 1978 left the receiver from Chicago paralyzed), throughout his career, which included a nine-year stint in the NFL.


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    Jun 2003
    Wish the same could be said for Kyle Woods. One BEAR down ALL BEARS down.

    Well I am glad that the Buckeyes take care of their own!

  4. #3
    Yeah, isn't that the truth!!!

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Fritztown, TX
    My Mood
    I can still hear the echo of the impact between Earl Campbell and Tatum.

  6. #5
    I don't remember it. Who won? Give me details to refresh my memory.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Fritztown, TX
    My Mood
    The Oilers won the game in Oakland. The Oilers were on about the 3 yard line when Earl took the handoff to the right. As he approached the goal line, Tatum came flying up from the SS spot and met Earl helmet to helmet at the one yard line. It was one of the hardest hits I've ever seen. Both players were stopped in their tracks, but Earl was able to keep his feet, turn and fall into the endzone backwards. Mere mortals would have had their heads come out their ear holes on that collision. Tatum was the "Assassin", but Earl was not to be denied! Classic.

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    Oct 1999
    Claremore, Oklahoma
    What type of medical coverage is included in the NFL retirement plan?

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    Wow, I hadn't heard the fate of Jack. It's amazing what has happened in old age to tough guys like Ali and Tatum.

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