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They Call Me Assassin

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  117 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In the violent world of professional football no one plays the game with more vigor...and violence...than Jack Tatum and the Oakland Raiders. He hits people with pile driver force. Running backs and pass receivers shudder with expectation as the charging free safety crashes into them. Surprisingly, Jack Tatum is a gentle man off the gridiron. Though he loves the combat, he ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1980 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Nick Sotos
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this book as a kid and I have been a Raiders fan since....."Just Win, Baby!" Commitment to Excellence
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a raiders fan, this is a must read.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I do Love the game of football and this book was a fascinating read of how Football use to be. I liked his personally values of school and the love of the game. The game today is nothing like the good old days. Mr. Tatum does explain his reasoning behind the hard hitting and his personal views on how to change the game to make it better.
John Christy
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of the funniest, realest books you'll ever read. highly recommended for everybody, even if you've never watched a second of football in your life. tatum's analytical approach to violence and effectiveness is astonishing
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was the foundation for how I viewed being a safety (or corner).

Read as a child, I thought picking it up now would be pedestrian...but nothing can be further from the truth. This book was just enjoyable now as it was when I read as a wee boy.
Scott Kelly
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you don't like Football don't read this. If you do but you aren't an Oakland Raider fan this may hurt your feelings. I loved it.
Stacey Baumann
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you ever played football, in particular safety, pick this up. Brutal. You don't know whether to hate the guy or embrace his honesty....either way, great read
Uncle Duke
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After Jack retired from the NFL he is being ranked as the sixth hardest-hitting defensive back in league history ... 1-5 must still be serving time? Go Bucks!
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's the Walt Whitman line about contradicting one's self? Jack Tatum embodied that notion. Primarily remembered as a vicious tackler who paralyzed a man on an NFL field, Tatum embraces that image even as he shows his more "human" (for lack of a better word) side in his autobiography, They Call Me Assassin.

Part self-history, part no-punches-pulled assessment of his NFL peers, and part plea for some semblance of sanity in professional football, They Call Me Assassin can feel a bit dated in 2016
Todd Kalinski
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Chuck Foreman of the Minnesota Vikings is another great back who can do anything. I rate Foreman very high because of his daring and overall ability. He isn't a Walter Payton, but Foreman is a great back who makes the most of his ability. I can respect that in any athlete. Foreman doesn't have the power of a Payton or the speed of a Simpson, but he makes things happen. He has good size and plays an intelligent game. A running back like Foreman makes my position all the more challenging because ...more
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