Archive for April 6th, 2007

Darryl Stingley Dies At 55

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Former start New England Patriots wide receiver has died at 55 years of age. Stingley was hit viciously by of the Oakland Raiders in an exhibition season game in 1978. The hit paralyzed Stingley from the neck down. He was 26 years old at the time.

I remember the game and, being a fan, I had every reason to hate the Raiders. It was the very same Jack Tatum who had popped Vikings receiver ‘s helmet off the previous year in .

Tatum never apologized for the hit and, after his career was over, wrote a trilogy of best-selling books, They Call Me The Assassin, They Still Call Me The Assassin, and Final Confessions of NFL Assassin Jack Tatum.