Former BYU and NFL star Todd Christensen dies
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Former BYU star and NFL tight end Todd Christensen died Wednesday morning. He was 57 years old.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Christensen died while undergoing surgery at a Utah hospital. He had battled liver disease and other illnesses in recent years.
Christensen was a running back at BYU from 1974-77, earning All-WAC honors as a senior. He scored 15 touchdowns for the Cougars and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1992.
As one of the top pass catching tight ends in the NFL, he spent most of his career with the Raiders. He twice led the league in receptions, first in 1983 with 92 and again three years later with 95.
Christensen was a five-time Pro Bowl pick and won Super Bowl titles with the Raiders after the 1980 and 1983 seasons. He finished his career with 461 catches for 5,872 yards with 41 touchdowns in 137 games.
After his career ended in 1988, Christensen worked as a broadcaster. He was an NFL analyst for NBC and most recently worked for the Mountain West Sports Network in the collegiate ranks.
11/13 13:19:56 ET