The Manliest Manly Performances In Football History

Jack Tatum
When Tatum died recently, sports commentators were falling all over themselves to recount what a vicious hitter he was. “The Assassin” played safety on the legendary Oakland Raiders teams of the 1970s — that’s right kids, the Raiders used to be good — and made every receiver who strayed into his territory pay dearly. He started doing so the very first game of his career, when he allegedly knocked out two Colts players with his brutal tackles. Unfortunately, Tatum may be best known for his paralyzing hit on New England receiver Darryl Stingley during a 1978 preseason game — a hit Tatum never apologized for, claiming until his death that it was a clean one.