Raiders react to loss of Jack Tatum

The Oakland Raiders have released a statement on their website on the death of former great safety Jack Tatum. He died at the age of 61 Tuesday.

Here is the statement:

We are deeply saddened by the news of Jack Tatum's passing. Jack was a true Raider champion and a true Raider warrior.

He was a great player and person and has been a big part of our lives since we drafted him in 1971 as a first round pick out of Ohio State.

Jack was the standard bearer and an inspiration for the position of safety throughout college and professional football.

Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to his wife Denise and family.

Oakland’s website also has reaction from Tatum’s secondary mate, Willie Brown. Kudos to the Raiders for a first-class tribute to one of their great former players.