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Former Raiders TE Todd Christensen dies at the age of 57

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The Oakland Raiders have now lost another legendary player to the great beyond. Five-time Pro Bowl player and two-time Super Bowl champion Todd Christensen has passed away at the age of 57. Todd was the tight end for the Raiders during their two Super Bowl victories in the 80's and was a vital piece to that championship team.

Mr. Christensen died during surgery at a local hospital earlier this morning on Wednesday the 13th of November, 2013. He had been battling liver disease, amongst other serious illnesses as well, for years and unfortunately his battle has come to its end.

Todd was a standout athlete and sports enthusiast throughout his life. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 for his accolades in football and also as a star track and field athlete while attending high school in Eugene, Oregon. After high school he attended BYU where he was also inducted into their BYU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.

He found fame as an Oakland Raider in 1982 but he was drafted in the 2nd round of 1978 by the Dallas Cowboys. Over his NFL career which spanned 137 games, 90 of which he started, he caught 461 passes for 5,872 yards and 41 TD's. He also played for the New York Giants for a short time before joining the Raiders.

His best season came in 1983 when he started all 16 games for the Raiders and caught 92 passes for 1,247 yards and 12 TD's while on his way to one of his two Super Bowl victories. The season is still one of the top performances by a TE in NFL history.

After Todd's playing career was over he became an NFL analyst for NBC and a college football analyst on the now defunct MountainWest Sports Network. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends in their time of grieving.

RIP Todd Christensen: August 3rd, 1956 - November 13, 2013.