Former NFL tight end Todd Christensen passed away of complications from liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
After being cut by Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, Christensen found success with the Los Angeles Raiders in the early to mid 1980s where he earned two Super Bowl rings and five Pro Bowl appearances.
Christensen stood out with his curly hair and big mustache, but also stood out even more for his voracious vocabulary. It isn’t every NFL player who quotes Henry David Thoreau during practice or reads poetry during a press conference. Christensen was the antithesis of Richie Incognito.
Following his retirement from the NFL, Christensen tried his hand at both track & field and baseball with tryouts with both the Oakland A’s and the California Angels. He also had a memorable guest appearance as a game show host on Married with Children. Eventually, Christensen became a NFL and college football color commentator for NBC and later CBS.
I leave you with this moving video of Christensen speaking about his hero before the Sports Spectacular Annual Gala in 2007. His hero was his son Teren who was born with spina bifida. Although overcome by emotion, Christensen was also at his most eloquent in his tribute to his son.