Thursday, July 29, 2010

Steve Grogan has Nothing Nice to Say About Jack Tatum

Jack Tatum was a football player for the Oakland Raiders. He died earlier this week at the age of 61.

Tatum was a fierce defensive back who made his living hitting receivers viciously as they went over the middle to make a catch. He famously slammed into Frenchy Fuqua in the 1972 AFC Playoffs, creating the opening for Franco Harris to make the "Immaculate Reception." He also famously slammed into Darryl Stingley in a 1978 preseason game, paralyzing the Patriots' receiver permanently.

Steve Grogan was the quarterback who that ball to Stingley in 1978. Grogan has always been a very likable, good guy. He made folks like the Pats (imagine that?). So it was jarring to read that Steve Grogan can't find anything nice to say about Jack Tatum. (Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews)

Sometimes we try too hard to say good things about people when they pass. Grogan couldn't do that.

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