Darryl Stingley (1952-2007) was a former National Football League wide receiver for the New England Patriots from 1973 to 1978. He was drafted in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Patriots after a successful college football career at Purdue University. Stingley was thought by many to be on the path to becoming a NFL star wide receiver after the 1977 season when he caught 39 receptions for 655 yards and five touchdowns. Tragically, however, Stingley was paralyzed after suffering a violent hit in a August 12, 1978 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The hit that paralyzed Stingley was caused by a full speed collision with Raiders safety Jack Tatum when Stingley leaped for an overthrown pass from Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan. After the incident, Stingley was hired as a consultant for the Patriots and also wrote a book in 1983 titled Happy to Be Alive. On April 5, 2007, Stingley died at the age of 55 from the lingering effects of his injurys.
- Dave Goldberg, AP Football Writer, April 5, 2007, "Former Pats WR Darryl Stingley dies"
- Pro Football Weekly, Ron Pollack, "The amazing courage of Derek Stingley"
- ESPN.com, April 5, 2007, "Darryl Stingley, paralyzed by Tatum hit, dies at 55"