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Old 11-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default RIP Todd Christensen

I remember watching this guy all the time. One of the best TE's to play the game. Hate to hear he's passed a way.


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Todd Christensen, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end who played most of his career for the Raiders, died Wednesday from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
Brigham Young University, where Christensen starred as a running back from 1974 to 1977 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1992, said in a tweet Wednesday he died from complications from surgery.


Taken in the second round of the 1978 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Christensen broke his foot during training camp and didn't play in the regular season for the eventual NFC champions. He was released before the next season.
The New York Giants claimed him on waivers, but Christensen played only one game with the team. He played 136 of his 137 career games for the Raiders, winning two Super Bowls (1980, 1983) with the franchise.
He led the NFL in catches twice (92 in 1982, 95 in '86), setting a league record for receptions by a tight end both seasons. The Cowboys' Jason Witten holds the record now with 110 catches in 2012.
Christensen retired after the 1988 season with 461 receptions for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns.




Christensen, at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, was a thoughtful son of a professor. He even read his own poetry at a news conference before the AFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks in January 1983.
"I thought you might be interested in something that I wrote in training camp that I think is apropos here," Christensen told the assembled media. "This is something I've written concerning the Raider organization, and this is entitled, 'A Destiny to Win.'"
Upon completing the 15-verse poem, many of the reporters gathered burst into applause.




Christensen became a broadcaster on NFL games for NBC in the 1990s. He also worked as a commentator on college football broadcasts for ESPN, CBS Sports and the Mountain West Conference's network.


He was a devout Mormon who didn't drink, and family members believe his liver problems began 25 years ago after a "botched" gall bladder operation, his son told the AP.

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He was everything a tightend should be. He was Bavarro/Gronkowski/Witten before all of them! RIP Mr Christensen.
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