The Oakland Raiders issued a statement today on the passing of their former player, Chester McGlockton:
The Raider family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton.The thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation are with the McGlockton family during this difficult time, said Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask.
McGlockton was chosen by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 16th overall pick in 1992. He played with them from 1992-97, and earned four straight Pro Bowl selections while with the Silver and Black.RELATED: Chester McGlockton dies at 42 Former teammate Tim Brown reacts
Raiders coach Hue Jackson shared his thoughts Wednesday afternoon:Before I start off talking about our football team and what we need to do I think I need to say a couple of words about Chester McGlockton. Obviously we lost another great Raider today in my opinion. I got to know Chester myself personally since my time here. Id like to give Im sure from the team, the organization and myself, Id like to give our blessings, our prayers, to his wife Zina and their two beautiful kids." Jackson said.
"I got to know the young man in church at the Well where pastor Napoleon Kauffman is the pastor. This morning when I found out the news it was tough, Theres some guys here on this staff that obviously played with him and theres players here that know him but I think it kind of hit them pretty hard. A young man who was just starting to do so many other great things in his life and then all of a sudden life is taken away. But obviously God has a bigger plan for him.
"One thing I do know about him was he was a god-fearing man who spent his time at church and with his family. Were going to miss him. Its tough. But thats a part of this thing. I talked to the team about it today. Just the opportunities you get in this life, you never know when its going to be over but those things happen Hell always be in our thoughts and our prayers and well miss him tremendously. Again, our thoughts go out to his family.
McGlockton also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and New York Jets during his 12-year career and has been serving on the football staff at Stanford for the past two seasons.A native of Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton was a three-year standout at Clemson and earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.