“We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said in a statement. “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.”

Tatum was known as one of the hardest hitters in football history, and the Buckeyes currently honor the best hit of each game with the Jack Tatum Hit of the Week. He served as Ohio State’s honorary captain for the USC game last season

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