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Chester McGlockton died from having too much heart

The autopsy report came in Monday for Chester McGlockton who died on November 30th, 2011 from an enlarged heart at the far too young age of 42. Those of us who watched Chester play can attest to the man playing with more heart than humanly possible and sadly it appears to have been more true than we ever could have known.

The technical term for the cause of death is ventricular cardiac hypertrophy which causes the heart muscle to thicken which in turn decreases the size of the heart's ventricles. It makes the heart pump too hard resulting in too much stress on the heart. It materialized in his left ventricles. The ailment is commonly associated to having high blood pressure.

At the time of his death Chester had just begun a coaching career as a defensive assistant at Stanford University. He had a lot of knowledge he was planning to share and I had been excited to watch him blossom as a defensive coach. He played with so much ferocity that it would have been fun to see what kind of sideline demeanor he would bring, especially in a college environment.

Mr. McGlockton is one of my all time favorite Raiders. His work ethic, determination and brute strength was a combination not found often and the Raiders were lucky to have him in the prime of his career. With a heavy heart I say Rest In Peace Big Chester, and offer my condolences to his friends and loved ones as well. You will always be remembered for the great man that you were Chester, and you were a pretty damn good football player too.

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