Buckeye Nation lost one of it's greatest members today, Jack Tatum, to a heart attack at the age of 61. Tatum played under Woody Hayes from 1968-1970, was a two-time All-American, and helped the Buckeyes win a National Championship in 1968. Though he will always be known as "The Assassin" for being one of the most feared hitters in football, many knew how good of a man he was off the field. Former Buckeye teammate John Hicks had this to say to the Plain Dealer:"He endured a lot of problems, and it's unfortunate he passed away so young," Hicks said. "He was a tremendous athlete and a great person."
Tressel also released this statement.
“We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes. When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans."Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5413917