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    Former Patriots WR Darryl Stingley dies.....

    Updated: Apr.5, 2007, 8:34 am EDTCHICAGO (AP) -- Former New England Patriot receiver Darryl Stingley, who was paralyzed after a hard hit during an NFL exhibition game nearly 30 years ago, has died. He was 55.

    Stingley was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital early Thursday after he was found unresponsive in his home, according to Tony Brucci an investigator with the Cook County medical examiner's office.

    An autopsy was scheduled. The cause of death was not immediately available.

    Stingley played football until August 12, 1978, when the 26-year-old receiver went up for a pass during an exhibition game and was hit from behind by Oakland Raiders' safety Jack Tatum. The hit broke Stingley's neck and left him a quadriplegic for life.

    Stingley was born and raised in Chicago. He was a star running back at John Marshall High School. He attended Purdue on a football scholarship.

    In 1973, he was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots, owned by Robert Kraft.

    "On behalf of the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization, we're deeply saddened by news of Darryl Stingley's death, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Stingley family at this time," said team spokesman Stacey James.
    That was one helluva hit he took by Tatum to become paralyzed. 'RIP' Darryl Stingley....may your soul finally be at peace.


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    I think what makes this even worse is that it was an "exhibition" game. They're supposed to be more for fun than anything, right?

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    Man....I think Tatum should be charged with murder(j/k), his hit literally killed the guy.

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    No doubt the hit shortened his life. Quadraplegics generally don't live really long lives. Hopefully the NFL has taken some of the financial burdens from Darryl and his family. I realize that its a dangerous occupation and that the NFL is not directly responsible for injuries that occur. However, we are also talking about one of the most profitable sports organizations in the world. IMO a 6 billion dollar a year industry should be able to take care of people like Darryl who are permanently disabled from something that occurred on the football field. God bless him and his family!
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    RIP Darryl.


    Heck on Tatum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillers#1 View Post
    Man....I think Tatum should be charged with murder(j/k), his hit literally killed the guy.
    Yea, I'll always remember "The Assassin" he was a hitter at Ohio State and he made more then enough attempts to kill Len Swan and you know what, the league didn't give a ****.
    Coach Knoll greatest quote " there's a criminal element in the NFL".
    I saw it and I knew the player's, so I don't need anyone to tell me any different.
    Half the tackles that Tatum as well as others used have been outlawed from all football. Tatum and a hell of a lot of Ohio State defensive players were taught to tackle with the helmet.

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    RIP Stingley and to have your young career end in a preseason game think of how sucky that would be , I bet Tatum felt like **** for a long time.

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    RIP Darryl Stingley, you are finally at rest.




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    I remember watching that hit on the news the night that it happened. Tatum and Stingley had quite a feud going for many years. Everytime that the Patriots and Raiders played, Tatum vowed that he was gonna end Stingleys career. Tatum never apologized for the hit, nor did he ever visit Him in the hospital. That was the end of the "Criminal Element" that Noll hung on the Raiders safetys (Atkinson and Tatum) I'm sure glad that they have cleaned up the game, no helmet to helmet contact anymore.

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    Unfortunately getting hit like that is just part of the game, especially back in the day like that when players didn't let up in preseason the way they do a lot of times nowadays.

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