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“The more I learn about the disease, the more I want to do.  I have dedicated myself to helping the Central Ohio Diabetes Association in their overall efforts.  I urge others to join me in the fight against diabetes,” remarked Jack Tatum.

John David Tatum

Tatum played safety and linebacker, starred at Ohio State from 1968 to 1970 and for the Oakland Raiders from 1971 to 1979. He completed his NFL career with Houston in 1980.

"We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes," OSU Coach Jim Tressel said. "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."

The Buckeyes won a national championship while he was there. Tatum was a two-time All-American and the national defensive player of the year as a senior.

Picked by Oakland in the first round, he helped the Raiders win the Super Bowl in 1976. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times and finished with 37 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Honoring the Legacy of Jack Tatum


Jack Tatum, who was affected by complications of diabetes, made it his mission to help others with diabetes.

He worked with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association for nearly ten years to help raise funds and awareness for diabetes after Ohio State University physician Dr. Manuel Tzagournis helped to save his life.

Jack gave generously to the Central Ohio community that was so important to him. Thanks to his efforts, the Celebrities for Diabetes event raised nearly $1 million. As a result, thousands of people with diabetes have received diabetes detection and education services, regardless of ability to pay.

Jack was a giant on the football field, but he had an even bigger impact on the lives of people with diabetes in our community.

“The tireless efforts of Jack Tatum, his devotion to the diabetes cause and his personal story have highlighted the importance of diabetes detection and Education,” said Jeanne C. Grothaus, Executive Director. “He will be sorely missed both as an advocate and as a friend.”