Darryl Stingley, paralyzed by Tatum hit, dies at 55

Updated: April 5, 2007, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

Darryl Stingley spent more than half his life in a wheelchair, a symbol of the violence of the NFL, where large bodies collide at high speeds on every play.

He was only 26 when he clashed head-on with the Raiders' Jack Tatum during an exhibition at the Oakland Coliseum as they leaped for a pass.

That play has haunted the NFL for nearly three decades.

On Thursday, the after-effects of Stingley's grievous injury finally took his life at age 55.

He was pronounced dead ...

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