Former NFL standout tight end Todd Christensen passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 57. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Christensen had been dealing with liver disease and died while in surgery at a Provo hospital. An all-around great athlete, Christensen was active after his pro football career ended, taking part in track and field events.Per his bio, he set a world record in the heptathlon for the 45-and-over age class.
Christensen was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round in 1978 out of BYU, where he was a fullback. However, it was as a tight end that Christensen would make a name for himself in the NFL. With the Raiders in the early to mid ’80s, he became not only one of the best tight ends in the game, he was one of the best receivers, period. He twice led the NFL in receptions, in 1983 and 1986, and went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark three times. He made the Pro Bowl five times and twice was a first-team All-Pro.