The Assassin returns...

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Damiano Realty

 Jack Tatum, the fearsome former defensive back of the Oakland Raiders known as "The Assassin" for his aggressive and hard hitting play, returns today to North Jersey to attend the traditional Thanksgiving Day game between his Alma mater - Passaic High School and rival Clifton High. Tatum will be honored by having his #32 retired by Passaic High during a pre-game ceremony at Passaic's Boverini Stadium. Tatum, a 3 time Pro Bowl selection with the Raiders, is arguably one of the best football players to come out of North Jersey. Sometimes accused of "dirty play" - most notably his hit on New England Patriots player Darryl Stingley in 1978 which left the wide receiver paralyzed - no one ever questioned Tatum's ability or dedication to playing the game.

 

So today, Passaic High School celebrates one of it's favorite sons.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.....

From your North Jersey Real Estate Team

 Jim Albano and Jean-Marie Vantuno

www.yourhomenorthjersey.com

 

39 E. Main St.

Little Falls, NJ 07424

973-256-0303 ext 218

 

North Jersey Condo info:

www.northjerseycondos.com  

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Rainer
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Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
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Hi Jim Happy Thanksgiving. It has been very warm here today. In the 60's.
Nov 27, 2008 01:23 PM #1
Rainer
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

Thanks Gayle, Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Not quite as warm here, but not bad...in the 40's.

Nov 27, 2008 01:27 PM #2
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Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
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hey - I didn't know he was from Jersey. It's cool that he comes back for the game :)      Our hometown sports hero is William 'Refrigerator' Perry.

Nov 28, 2008 07:30 AM #3
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
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Hi Jim. As a PHS graduate, I was always asked (back in the olden days) if I went to high school with Jack Tatum.  He was a few years ahead of me.  Everyone seemed to have heard of him.  I remember also being asked about the Passaic Wonder Team.  That was a basketball team that had a several-year-long undefeated streak.  They were WAY before my time.  And of course the Shirelles.  And the Capital Theater.  Passaic doesn't seem to be remembered for much else that is good.

Nov 28, 2008 10:42 AM #4
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

Hey Kara, he was back because they were retiring his number, plus his Grandson was playing the next day for St. Joseph's High. Supposed to be a pretty good running back - good genes I guess. I remember "The Fridge" well. He was a beast!

Nov 28, 2008 12:46 PM #5
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

Lorrie, don't forget Craig "Ironhead" Heyward another PHS star who went on to have a very productive Pro football career. I remember him working while in high school for A&E Sporting Goods on Main Ave. A real nice kid. 

And the Capital Theater, what a great place to see a concert. I once saw Southside Johnny there on New Years Eve. Can't remember the year....

 

Nov 28, 2008 12:54 PM #6
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
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I don't remember Craig Heyward.  Must have played at PHS after I left NJ.  Remember the railroad tracks that ran through downtown? 

Dec 04, 2008 01:45 AM #7
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

Heyward played in the early '80's and was a legend at PH and around North Jersey. He went on to play at Pitt and also 11 seasons in the NFL. He tragically passed away about 2 years ago after suffering with a brain tumor.

I do remember the train tracks through downtown.......barely though, I was just a baby then :-)

 

Dec 04, 2008 01:50 PM #8
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