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Football still a hard-hitting game, despite pain it causes

Updated: April 5, 2007, 6:32 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Darryl Stingley, who died early Thursday a quadriplegic at age 55, had his career and his life irrevocably altered during an NFL game in which he absorbed a vicious and arguably unnecessary hit from Oakland safety Jack Tatum. Which brings us, sort of, to Ronnie Lott. Or Steve Atwater. Or John Lynch, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert …

Stingley's death and the difficult circumstances around it, with their unseemly loose ends and profound lack of closure, revive again ...

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