25 Biographies Every Sports Fan Should Read

25. They Call Me Assassin (1980)

Back in the 1970s, Jack Tatum was one of the most fierce and hard-hitting safeties in the NFL. He led with his helmet and seemed to have little care for the damage he did to opponents – or himself. Or so we thought. Tatum, along with co-author Bill Kushner, preached in this book how the NFL needed to protect its players better. And, contrary to popular belief he took no joy in the vicious hits he delivered (most notably on New England receiver Darryl Stingley) throughout his decade-long pro career.

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