Jack Tatum: 1948-2010

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Jack Tatum, the hardest of the hard-hitting NFL defensive greats, died Tuesday, July 26. He was 61 years of age.

The former Oakland Raiders safety was one of the most feared players in the history of the league. "I like to have receivers thinking about me when they try and catch the ball," Tatum said.

The secret behind Tatum's bone-crushing hits? It was his ability to explode through the point of contact or, in other words, drive through a ballcarrier, as his former teammates put it.

He was voted number six among the "Most Feared Tacklers" of all time by NFL Network. See why his former Raider teammates and fellow players think he should be ranked higher on that list:

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