News

Former Oakland Raiders TE Christensen dead at 57

Former Oakland Raiders TE Christensen dead at 57

TODD CHRISTENSEN: Shown here in 1997, former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery. Photo: Associated Press

(Reuters) – Former Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys football player Todd Christensen has died at a Utah hospital due to complications from surgery, Brigham Young University and several media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old had battled liver diseases and other serious illnesses, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“Todd Christensen passed away this morning due to complications from surgery,” the athletics department at Brigham Young, his alma mater, said in a Twitter post.

Christensen, who later became a sports commentator for NBC and the Mountain West Sports Network, was best known as a tight end for the Oakland Raiders, the newspaper said.

He spent his college career as a star player for BYU and was then drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

According to the NFL website, he joined the Raiders in 1982 and was named to the Pro Bowl five times. He was also a two-time Super Bowl champion for both the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, it said.

Recent Headlines

in Local

DEVELOPING: Ferguson Grand Jury Reportedly Reaches a Verdict

Fresh
gavel2

The grand jury impaneled to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the…

in Local

Highway Deaths Down

siren

But they’re making a comeback

in Local

Two Thirds of Illinois Fourth Graders Fall Short

mortarboard

Advance Illinois promotes its report

in Election 2014, Local

Durbin Expects to Work with Rauner

durbin

Blagojevich an exception, Durbin says