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Former NFL TE Todd Christensen dies

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Wow. That's sad.
  3. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    He flamed out early so he doesn't get the historical HOF type recognition, but in his prime he was a whale of a player. He put up WR #s as a TE in an era where no one else not named Kellen Winslow did it.

    Fantastic football player, and I thought he did a good job as a color guy on NBC also. RIP Todd.
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  4. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    RIP. I remember how much of a nightmare match up problem he and Mark Bavaro were for my Skins every time we played against either the Raiders or Giants back then. Truly one of the best.
  5. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear that. He was a great player. He was a Cowboy for a brief period, but he made his mark as a Raider. He was a good commentator too.
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  6. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Wow, out of nowhere type of very sad unwelcome news. What a tremendous player he was for a while in the league. RIP.
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  7. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    This is a real shocker for sure. 57 is way too young to be dead. What could have been for the Cowboys and Christensen.

    RIP Todd Jay Christensen.
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  8. bark

    bark Well-Known Member

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    The sad thing is the cowboys drafted him as a fb. He broke a foot or leg his rookie yr and was out for the season.
    It was the cowboys who suggested moving him to TE. He practiced at that position for a while and told coach Landry that he would not change positions and coach waived him..... The rest is history...?went on to be a pro bowler with the raiders at TE
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  9. JJB500

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    Wow just way too young!!!! RIP............
  10. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Really wish he had not been miscast here.

    RIP Todd.
  11. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    That's very sad. RIP.
  12. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Landry tried to move him away from RB but Todd refused. Got picked up by Raiders and next time I see him he's playing TE which angered me. Just like @bark said. Sad news indeed.
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  13. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying he flamed out during the early stages of his career? Or his career didn't last long enough? He was 31 during his last very good year. Winslow was 30 during his last season. Christensen did take a while to get his career started. He really didn't produce until his 5th year in the league while on his 3rd team and by then he was already 26 years old. Great tight end during his prime. He and Ozzie Newsome were both drafted in 1978 and Kellen Winslow was drafted in 1979. Incredible that three great tight ends came into the league so close together.
  14. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Dan Ross and Doug Cosbie also got drafted in 79. Not up to the likes of Ozzie, Winslow and Christensen but both were pretty darn good TEs in their own rights.

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