Todd Christensen Dies, Former NFL tight end and broadcaster Todd Christensen died Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City due to complications from surgery, according to BYU, Christensen’s alma mater.
He was 57.
Christensen had fought liver disease and other illnesses in recent years, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Former #BYU TE Todd Christensen passed away this morning due to complications from surgery. Our love %26 prayers are w/the Christensen family.
– BYU Cougars (@BYUcougars) November 13, 2013
Christensen played in the NFL for 11 seasons after being picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1978 draft.
He joined the Oakland Raiders midway through the 1979 season (after starting it with the New York Giants) and won two Super Bowl rings with the Silver & Black. He became a star for the team once it moved to Los Angeles in 1982. He caught four passes for 32 yards in the Super Bowl XVIII blowout of the Washington Redskins following the 1983 season.
Christensen was a five-time Pro Bowler and a first-team all-pro twice.
He set a single-season record for tight ends with 92 receptions in 1983, and broke it three years later with 95 catches. He finished his career with 461 receptions for 5,872 yards with 41 TDs.