Monday, July 26, 2010

OSU LEGEND JACK TATUM DIES AT 61

Ohio State legend Jack Tatum passed away on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack in California. Tatum was 61.

(left, Tatum)

Tatum, who started at safety for Ohio State from 1968-70, was a two-time all-American for the Woody Hayes-led Buckeyes. He was a major part of the Buckeyes 1968 National Championship team.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel issued a statement about Tatum's passing on Tuesday.

"We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes," Tressel said. "When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans."

Tatum was a first round selection by the Oakland Raiders in 1971, where he made a name for himself as one of the hardest hitting players in the history of the league. He was a three-time pro bowler and a Super Bowl champion (1976).

He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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