Derek Stingley Jr. barely knew grandpa Darryl Stingley but thinks of him 'every time I go on the field'


BATON ROUGE, La. — The only film clip LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. has seen of his grandfather was “just the hit,” as he calls it.

Stingley’s grandfather is the late Darryl Stingley, a wide receiver for the New England Patriots who was paralyzed for the rest of his life at age 26 after a hit by Oakland Raiders’ safety Jack Tatum in a preseason game in Oakland on Aug. 12, 1978. Stingley, a first round pick of New England in 1973 out of Purdue, lived as a quadriplegic until he was 55 and died on April 5, 2007, in his native Chicago.

“I’ve never seen anything else,” Stingley Jr. said.

“He was going up for a ball. He saw the hit coming, and he just tried to like tense for it,. And it just happened. He couldn’t really avoid it.”

Stingley Jr. was 5 years old when his grandfather died.

“I don’t remember that much,” he said. “We would go up…

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