Milestones Apr. 23, 2007

DIED

A brutal assault when he was 26 broke his neck and put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It also helped spark a shift on the professional football field, where New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley took the intentional hit from Oakland Raider Jack Tatum during a 1978 exhibition game. Tatum, who defended his play, saying "My best hits border on felonious assault," was not penalized, never apologized and later wrote books billing himself as an "NFL assassin." Stingley visited paralyzed players, started a nonprofit group for inner-city kids and forgave Tatum. "It was only after I...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!