Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum’s Game-Worn Jersey 1974 Pro Bowl – Directly from Tatum Estate-Family LetterGo Back
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The 1974 Pro Bowl moved to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The coaches for the game were Tom Landry of Dallas for the NFC and John Madden of Oakland. It was a cold, rainy day. In an Oakland Raiders career that roughly approximated that of legendary head coach, John Madden, Jack Tatum plied an outstanding tenure as the team’s fiercest defensive backs. Even at his slight (by NFL standards) 200 lb. frame, Tatum earned the epithet, “The Assassin” for his uncommonly violent attacks in the secondary. (An unfortunate case in point was the hit he delivered on Darryl Stingley, leaving the Patriots receiver permanently paralyzed.) In his retirement (following the 1980 season), Tatum suffered gravely from diabetes, yet he authored three very inspiring books.<p>
In 2009, NFL.com ranked Tatum as the sixth most feared tackler of all-time. The hard-hitting Tatum played in three Pro Bowls and was part of one Super Bowl victory.
Directly from the Jack Tatum estate offered is his actual 1974 Pro Bowl jersey. Although Jack’s number was “32”, due to seniority of other Pro Bowlers, “The Assissin” chose to wear the “31” instead of his regular number for the Pro Bowl game. <p>
Appropriate tagging appears in the tail of jersey reading “Action Tailored Rawlings The Mark of a Pro”. The jersey is a size “48” with “L” Long sewn on a swatch adjacent to the Rawlings tag. All sewn on identifiers include “American”, “31” “Tatum”. What is so nice of about this vintage is the feel and style of the entire garb including its classic red/white/blue striping featured on the longer sleeve style. Jersey shows definite use from this hard hitter as the AFC beat the NFC on this cold, rainy day in Kansas City. (They moved the Pro Bowl this year)
This deal is sealed with a letter from the family. Doesn’t get better than this!