Former Raiders TE Todd Christensen dies at 57

Former Raiders TE Todd Christensen dies at 57
November 13, 2013, 9:30 am
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Todd Christensen converted from running back in college to a five-time Pro Bowl tight end in the NFL. (USATSI)

Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen has died. He was 57. 

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting Christensen died while undergoing surgery at a Provo, Utah hospital. The report says Christensen had battled liver disease and other serious illnesses in recent years. 

Christensen was a running back in college at Brigham Young from 1974 to 1977, but converted to tight end in the NFL. 

After being drafted in 1978 by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round, Christensen became a five-time Pro Bowler and won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, in 1981 when Oakland beat the Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV, and again in 1984 in the Los Angeles Raiders' 38-9 win over Washington in Super Bowl XVIII. 

Christensen led the NFL in receptions with 92 in 1983 and 95 in 1986. 

He went on to become an NFL analyst for NBC on Sundays and a college football analyst for the Mountain West Sports Network until 2012.