Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Todd Christensen dead

Former BYU football player and football television announcer Todd Christensen died this morning due to complications from a surgery.

A report on Twitter is that he died this morning from complications to a liver transplant.

The story hasn't been confirmed yet, but former BYU football player Reno Mahe posted this on his Facebook. A post on a BYU message board also says this:

Reno Mahe: 
Thoughts and prayers out to a BYU legend and his family. My heart is saddened for my former teammate. Nothing but love for you Toby and the Christensen family. RIL Todd!
Christensen was 57 years old. This is him pictured with Marcus Allen.

Christensen was a BYU RB from 1974-1977. He led the team in receiving for three consecutive years. He began his NFL career with stops in Dallas and New York, before moving to the Oakland and eventually Los Angeles Raiders. He caught 92 passes in 1983, when the Raiders won the Super Bowl, 82 in 1984, and 80 in 1985.

In his career, Christensen caught 461 passes for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns. After Christensen's football career, he eventually became a TV announcer. He was best known for teaming with Charlie Jones on NBC from 1990-94. He then went to ESPN to do college football, and he had been announcing college football since. He was a color guy on CBS Sports Network doing Navy games.

Greg Wrubell of KSL in Salt Lake City posted this statement: In message to former BYU players, Todd's family expressed gratitude "for the wonderful outpouring of love and prayers they have received."


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