Rob Lytle, Jack Tatum: Life Lived in Seconds

4 min 12 yrs

Rob Lytle and Jack Tatum’s mid-air collision in the third quarter of the 1978 AFC Championship led to new rules and technology for NFL referees. Lytle died from a heart attack Saturday in Ohio, four months after Tatum died from the same cause in California. Many of the most memorable moments of both men’s lives were played out in seconds, offering lessons for life on and off the field.

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