Jack Tatum, the best tackler in NFL history, better than Dick Butkus, better than Lawrence Taylor, has died.
Tatum will always be remembered for a freak accident, an otherwise great tackle that paralyzed New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley in a 1978 exhibition game. I watched it as it was broadcast, and was sickened.
I appreciate football for what it is, but my enjoyment was permanently lessened after watching the Stingley tackle at the age of 10. It made me a basketball fan for life.