Former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley died today in his Chicago home. He was only 55 years old. Stingley, who was viciously hit by Oakland Raider goon Jack Tatum in a 1978 exhibition game, was a quadriplegic for the past 29 years. Reportedly, Tatum never visited Stingley in the hospital.
The cheap shot has come to symbolize the gutter culture that was—and continues to be—the Oakland Raiders. One can only speculate that Darryl must have quietly smiled when the Pats vanquished the Brutes By The Bay in the famous "tuck rule" playoff game that started the current New England dynasty.
Rest is peace, Darryl.