Former Raiders All-Pro TE Dies at 57
Former NFL All-Pro tight end Todd Christensen passed away at the young age of 57 in a Utah hospital, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Christensen was ahead of the curve as a tight end in the NFL where he played for the Cowboys and Giants – but made a name for himself with the Raiders.
Christensen, who has battled liver disease and other serious illnesses in recent years, was 57.
Christensen was a four-year starting running back at BYU from 1974-77 before embarking on a standout NFL career as a tight end, primarily for the Oakland Raiders.
At BYU, he caught 152 passes for 1,568 yards and 15 touchdowns and was an all-Western Athletic Conference pick in 1977. He was inducted into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1978 NFL Draft, Christensen’s pro career took off in 1982 with the Raiders, when he caught 42 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns in the strike-shortened 1982 season. In 1983, his best season in the pros, Christensen caught 92 passes for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns.
His 349 catches from 1983-86 set at NFL record.
His death comes as a result of complications of a recent surgery.
He led the NFL in receptions in 1983 and made his first of five Pro Bowls that season.
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