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Former Raider Todd Christensen dies at 57

  • FILE - This Nov. 16, 1986 photo provided by the NFL shows Los Angeles Raiders tight end Todd Christensen (46) being congratulated by Marcus Allen (32) after scoring on a 3-yard touchdown reception during the Raiders 27-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Los Angeles. Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57. Christensen's son, Toby Christensen, said his father passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah.  (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

SALT LAKE CITY — With his penchant for poetry, Todd Christensen never fit the Raiders' renegade mold. But that didn't keep him from becoming one of the team's best all-time tight ends.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl winner, Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery Wednesday. He was 57.

Christensen's son, Toby Christensen, said his father died at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah. He had been waiting for 10 months for a donor liver.

After a stellar career at running back for BYU from 1974-77, Christensen was a second-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFL draft.

He was waived by the Cowboys after breaking his foot in training camp but landed the next year with the Raiders, where he played for 10 seasons at tight end and won Super Bowls in 1981 and 1984.


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