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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 4:20 p.m. MST

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Tom in MS
Madison, MS

Sad day for BYU. This was a gut-it-out type of player with the Raiders. You always knew he would give you everything in the tank, and then try to run on any vapors that were left. And always as opinionated as ever. Who can forget all the appearances on Johnny Carson? Even though a Coug, he will be missed by the sport. My deepest condolences to the Christensen family, and also to the greater BYU family and Raider Nation. He will be missed.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Terrible news, he was very active in the local communities. Best to his family!

Grand Junction, CO

Todd was spectacular to watch in College. When he was drafted by the Cowboy's as a running back they tried to convert him to a tight end. He didn't want to play tight end and was then sent to the Raiders where he was the leading tight end receiver in the league for a few years. He was tough on the field but kind and gentle off of the field. He was loved by everyone on campus and always represented the school in a positive manner. His vocabulary was above 98% of all broadcasters and he had an amazing whit. My deepest condolences to his family. There will never be another like him! I feel blessed to have known him. God bless!

Orem, UT

RIP Todd Christensen! Condolences to the Christensen family.

South Jordan, UT

This is a time when Todd's football accomplishments really don't matter. He was a good man and contributed to the world by raising a great family and giving back to his community. Isn't that what really matters? We never know how much time we will be granted, so we better make the most of every day. Todd's life was an example of this. He will be missed. My deepest condolences go to his family.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Mr. Christensen will be greatly missed. His commentary always tried (and often humorously failed) to bring an intellectual flavor to the games he was commentating. If for nothing else, he should be appreciated for his attempts to blend the brute athlete with the thoughtful man of letters.

RIP, Mr. Christensen, and best wishes to his family and friends in their time of loss.

There despite the grace of god go I...

Cedar Hills, UT

RIP #46! Todd Christensen was a great man and left a great legacy! Best of luck on the Grid Iron in the sky my friend!

Mesa, AZ

Wow, what a great player he was! I remember Todd running the opening kick-off of the second half of the Tangerine Bowl back for a touchdown less than a week after he had his appendix removed. Amazing! Always one of my favorite Cougars!

let's roll

Todd was a regular at the Gold's Gym in AF. He always had a kind word for others.

I met him in Oregon when we were both in high school there. He's always been a class act.

My best to his family.

Salem, UT

Such sad news. Condolences to the Christensen family. God be with you #46.

Spanish Fork, UT

Apparently he was having a Liver Transplant.

RaiderNation Will Miss him
CougarNation More So.

He could was so intellectual and made it fun.

Cedar Hills, UT

oh my gosh I can't believe this. I have seen Todd for years at the American Fork Golds gym and he has always looked so fit. I also always saw Todd helping some of the patrons of the gym who were in wheel chairs. This is such sad news and shocking news.

Glendora, CA

Todd smash the stereotype of football players being assumed to not have intellect. He was a brilliant commentator and would have made an excellent attorney. Great role modal.


Todd is one of the truly special men. It was always a joy to see and talk to him. He was everyone's friend and a true disciple of Christ. Condolences to his family.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wow this is sad! I remember watching him on the old MWC station.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is terrible news, what a shocking and sad thing to hear. Sincere condolences to the Christensen family.


Very sad news! Besides being an outstanding athlete, Christensen was an intelligent, class act. Our prayers are with his family and friends.


Had to go to Google to find out what, where and why of story.... you know, what was the surgery about?

Deseret News...... try answering the first question that comes to a readers mind about circumstances of death.

Saratoga Springs, UT

This guy was a machine of a football player. I enjoyed so much watching him play with the Raiders while growing up in California. I never met or knew his as a person, but it sure seems that those who did can explain and know what a great man he was. It is always a sad day when such great men pass like this all of a sudden. May his family be blessed through this difficult time and may he be accepted as I can only imagine and know he will. What a great man. You will be missed four six.

Sacramento, CA

This is a sad day. I was too young to remember him playing for BYU, but I remember seeing him as a Raider. Christensen will be missed. He was great, on and off the field. One of my favorite Cougars.

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