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Darryl Stingley
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Football Player
    (September 18, 1951-April 5, 2007)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    1st round draft pick (1973)
    Wide receiver for the New England Patriots (1973-78)
    Was paralyzed when he was hit by Jack Tatum during a pre-season game (August 12, 1978)
    Died of complications from his injury
    He was injured going after an uncatchable ball during a meaningless game.
    He had not yet signed a contract for the coming season so he did not have to appear in pre-season games.
    He refused to appear with Tatum on an HBO special about the 25th anniversary of the injury.
    Partly in response to his injuries, the NFL changed its rules to curtail aggressive play.
    He started a non-profit organization to help troubled youths in Chicago (1993).
    He refused to meet with Tatum because Tatum was promoting a book. He said that he would meet Tatum without cameras around.
    When Tatum lost a leg to diabetes (2003), he said, 'Maybe the natural reaction is to think he got what was coming to him... [but] you can't as a human being feel happy about something like that happening to another human being.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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