Two-time All-American and ’68 National Champion passed away Tuesday
Following the announcement of his passing Tuesday at age 61, Ohio State fans submitted thoughts and memories of Jack Tatum via the official Ohio State Buckeyes Facebook page.
From 1968-70, Jack Tatum was one of the dominant defensive players and most intimidating forces in college football during his career at Ohio State. A three-year starter, a two-time All-American and the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, he was known for his tenacity and fierce style of play. He was a mainstay of the defense for the next three seasons as OSU rolled up a 27-2 record and won the 1968 national championship, two Big Ten titles and played in two Rose Bowls. The Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft. In his nine-year career, he was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was a member of the 1976 Super Bowl champion Raiders. Tatum was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Read some of the fan comments below:
- John Johnson Jack came back every year to help those with diabetes, and talk to the Buckeyes. He was a Great player and friend. I Love you and will miss you.
- Jonathan Holsinger Coach Tressel’s comments say it all. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Tatum family and the rest of OSU Nation!
- John M Sheffield A friend and I were just talking football this morning and his name came up. One of the greatest Buckeye’s and Raiders. RIP Jack.
- Buckeye Mike Nadler Thoughts and prayers to the Tatum Family. Had the pleasure of meeting several times. He was as nice in person as he was fierce on the field.
- Rick Bollerer my dad told me stories about how u would hit so hard in the shoe u could hear it in c deck…..the true silver bullet…
- Bruce Hensel Woody has one of his “super sophs” with him now. RIP Jack you were the best.
- Judi Boverini Kolk I knew Jack when he attended Passaic High School. He played football there for my father.. so sad to hear of his passing.
- Ken Ohrablo Got to meet Jack twice, a gentleman off the field. I know I would not want to come across the middle and know he was back there,.RIP Jack. A great Buckeye and great Raider.
- Richard Fail rest in peace Jack. You were and will always be an inspiration to countless buckeye fans, and football players everywhere. My prayers to your family. Thank you for your work with DIABETES awareness too…
- Dan Karam I still remember him playing for the Bucks on the ’68 nat’l title team – and, of course the glory years with the Raiders . . . have never seen a guy his stature hit as hard as he did. Never!
- Debbie Woischke Met him on the street in Phoenix before the National Title game against Miami. He was very gracious to all the fans, like me, who came up and asked to have their picture taken with him. It’s a picture I will treasure that much more now that this Buckeye legend has gone to the great ‘Shoe in the sky… same as my picture with Woody…. These gentlemen and warriors, they honored me…
- Eric Denney Great DB, Great Football player and a Great Buckeye. I always enjoyed seeing him at the games. He will be missed.
- Patricia Dawson Lebda O H I O – The Buckeye nation is VERY grateful that you wanted to play at Ohio State – “stop made by Tatum” I can still hear the game announcer.- RIP Mr Tatum.
- Sam Trombetti The Original Silver Bullet, although his hits were more like nuclear meltdowns.
- Keith Stephens …brought true meaning to the phrase, “play hard or go home!”
- Ed Petersen Rest in Peace Jack you were one of the greatest to play for the Scarlet and Gray !
- Connor Rinehart R.I.p Jack buckeye nation is mourning the loss of a true legend all prayers from me and buckeye nation are with you
- Daniel Van Meter R.I.P. Tatum, you were a legend before my time, but we Buckeye fans will remember you for ages to come!
- Kevin Tulley without a doubt one of the greatest Football players to ever play the sport, in college or pro, he will be missed
- William Woodman Jack Tatum! Played the game all out, the way it should be played.
- Ed Fernandez RIP Jack Tatum. He was one of my first Buckeye football heroes.
- Heather Rhodes RIP Jack. My thoughts go out to the Tatum family. I still have his picture on my desk.
- William Wright The baddest buckeye to have played in the shoe.
- Diane Divers Hickel … I remember Jack Tatum. He was one of the best Buckeyes ever and became a legend in his own time. Buckeye Nation mourns his passing today. Condolences to his friends and family.
- Melodie Rupert McClarren Nothin better than a Jack Tatum hit…RIP
- Ana Brown Say “HI” to Woody for us, Jack… RIP.
- Mike Price One of my very favorite players of all time. Being a big Buckeyes and Raiders fan. Jack, you will be missed.
- Bubba Shaffer Rip Jack we lost one of the great ones of the game.
- Mike Lieber An awesome defender and hitter! Our prayers and thoughts are with his family!
- R.l. Wilson Jack Tatum was rated as one of the HARDEST hitters ever in the NFL. Right behind him was “The Warrior” Ronnie Lott.
- John R Blinn Rest in Peace, Jack. You made a major contribution to The Ohio State University while we were students in the late 60s. Go Bucks…
- Joe Becerra They called him Assassin….Jack was the hardest hitting best football player I ever had the pleasure of watching play this game we all love so well…Thank you for everything you gave to me as a young man…you will be missed dearly and remembered as the example to follow. Thank you Jack.
- Debbie Shade I met him at his Senior tackle… he was one of the greatest…
RIP Jack O-H-I-O!
- Buckeye Mike Nadler RIP #32. You played football like football was meant to be played. It was an honor to watch you play.
- Bruce Ward The most awesome safety ever to lace ’em up. RIP Jack & condolences to your family.
- Chet McPhee I don’t think it could have been said any better. Jack Tatum was the man he put fear into anyones eyes. GO BUCKS!!!!!
- Robert De Stazio I used to usher at OSU and I saw Tatum wack a lot of opponents. No prisoners taken.
- Wes Steele Got to walk out of OSU after a football game with him one time he was very nice to talk to!
- Ronald Eberhard One of the greatest to play the game and a true Buckeye! RIP Jack
- Ken Fears Jack Tatum was a “hitter par excellence.” The defense responded to his enthusiam for the game and opponents hated to “run across the middle.” The defense should wear something special for him this season. Rest in peace and great comfort to your family during these difficult times.
- Paul Hunziker He was an amazing player and an awesome representative of THE Ohio State University! RIP Jack!
- James Bowen R.I.P Jack i hope we can bring home the crystal ball for u this season
- Joshua Renick He was an great man and a great Buckeye. He will be missed!!
- Patrick Mann II Jack was one of the best. He will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Jack.Go Bucks
- Buzz Ashby Tatum…Tatum…Tatum…32…32…32…
- Jeffrey G Williams 1968 National Champion Buckeyes..I saw him on the sidelines alot recently at the shoe. Hellluva ballplayer.
- Scott Lawrence Loved to watch him and the rest of the Buckeyes on that championship team. May he rest in peace.
- Glenn Balogh Hardest hitting defensive back of all time!
- Bill Waltz I still … and always will … remember when he made his mark in the Purdue game in 1968. Purdue, undefeated coming in, battered leaving.
- Joe Greenwalt R.I.P. Jack Tatum. A Great Buckeye. A Great Raider.
- Bud Spence probably one of the hardest hitters ever played the game
- Thom Boren One of the greatest buckeyes ever! Jack will be missed.
- Bryan Arndt Buckeye Football lost a great competitor today.
- Aaron Barrett Very sad day for the NFL and Ohio State Alumni… Jack Tatum was probably the best defensive back to ever play the game of football… His intensity on the football field made him a fierce rivalry… No one dared to cross the middle of the football field…
- John Blosser RIP JACK BUCKEYE NATION WILL HAVE U IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
- Debbie Woischke @David, how about a black 32 sticker on the helmet for the entire year? I saw him in Phoenix on the street before the Miami title game. Buckeye fans lined up to get their picture taken with him, including me. He was very gracious, very kind. RIP, awesome Buckeye. Thank you for being a Buckeye.
- Brian Reeves One last cheer for Jack!