Todd's older brother, Merrill lived across the hall from me in the dorms
our freshman year. He was so proud of his "little" brother and would
speak of how he was such a force, even as a high school freshman that year. We
had high expectations of Todd long before he came to BYU and he didn't
Very sad. Lost him too soon. A great player and he seemed like a nice guy too.
RIP Bro. Christensen. I guess God needed a to fill a more important position on
one of his teams, and you were the guy he wanted. We will all pass
the same way eventually; some sooner, some later. But you were a great example
in how you spent the time that you had.My best wishes and prayers
rest on his family this week.
He took the road less traveled by, and it made all the difference.
This is very sad news. I have always been a Todd Christensen fan as both a
player and a broadcaster.I sure love watching Todd with the Raiders,
he was one of the toughest football players I have ever seen. When I was a
student at BYU in the mid 90's it seemed like Todd was always working out
in the Smith Fieldhouse. And his workouts were not light, he always seemed to
be pushing himself to the max.May God be with his family and loved
ones. He will certainly be missed.
On behalf of the membership of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, I would
like to express our most sincere condolences to the family of one of the members
of OUR family, Todd Christensen. We were honored to induct Todd into the Utah
Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and his plaque hangs proudly in the display case on
the main concourse of EnergySolutions Arena. He symbolized everything that is
good about sports today, and he will be missed by all who were fortunate to have
met him in their lifetime.Chuck Schell, PresidentUtah Sports
Hall of Fame Foundation
Very tragic news. Heart goes out to his family at such a difficult time.
Fantastic player, and from what I've heard, an even better human being.
The guy was a sincere intellectual. I remember sitting behind him at his
son's baseball game. He had a newspaper to his left, the Book of Mormon on
his right and he was taking detailed notes on what he read.
OH the extreme emotions that his family went through today. The excitement of
getting a liver and yet the anxiety and then the shocking turn of events. I
hope that they will find comfort at this time. Todd of course is in a wonderful
place, it will seem like a long time, but it is so comforting to know that we
will be with our loved ones again.
Scott Pierce, I know you want to comment about Todd's tenure with the Mtn.
West Sports Network. Free piece of advice. Don't. Thanks in advance.
He was a really good sportscaster and I'm sure a good man. Sad day for all.
I shot quite a few BYU games Todd played in in 1977, and it was beyond fun. Such an all-in player. Best Wishes to his family and friends.
I always enjoyed my father's stories about working with Br. Christensen in
the Los Angeles temple during the late 80's. Imagine the excitement of a
temple-going Raiders fan, if there is such a person, upon seeing Todd in the
Public deaths rarely affect me but this one causes me grief. He was a great
person, athlete and member of the faith. When he played in Oakland, I had many
clients on the team and the raiders all loved his fire - as if he was a pirate
on offense. I'll miss his insights on game day. My prayers are with his
family. So strong at 37, gone at 57 like so many NFL greats. The game does take
This Ute fan will miss Mr. Christensen. He was quite a formidable player who
gave my Utes fits trying to defend him. As a sports analyst, he was quirky.
During one of his broadcasts, he referenced a receiver's ability to catch
the ball, using the word "prestidigitation", meaning sleight of hand,
like a magician. I had first heard the word earlier in the year. When hearing
him use it, I was impressed.My thoughts are with the loved ones of
Todd Christensen and Cougar nation. He will be missed. Rest in peace Mr.
I didn't know Todd personally but I have to say this is a shock. As great
of a football player he was, I always thought he was even a better person. God
bless him and his family at this difficult time.
Sincere sympathy to Todd's family, friends and fans. All partisan loyalties
aside for now--this guy was one of the best I ever saw play at his position and
I found him to be a wonderful commentator, who knew the game and loved it. A sad
day and I will miss him.
A football giant and a exceptional husband and father entered into the waiting
arms of his Savior with members of his family surrounding him. I am certain if
there's a team, he's already be first choice. God bless the
Christansen family, Todd, you will be missed. Thanks for all the memories both
at BYU and in the NFL.
I always Loved watching Todd play he did give it all and what a class act !!!!
My prayers are with his family at this sad time. Gone but Never Forgotten !!!
There have been great words for a great man. I too knew Todd, more so in his
younger days when I was in the same BYU branch and he lived with his brother
Merril. We had some fun times together and laughed alot! Whenever I saw him
through the years, he was always the same guy, very friendly, personable,
passionate and thoughtful. Todd you left your mark on this world which will not
be forgotten. My condolences to the Christensen family in this time of sorrow.
This is heartbreaking news, indeed. I always knew Todd to be a good
person and family man who tried to do what he felt was right.My
heartfelt sympathy goes out to his dear wife, Kathy, and the rest of the
I'm gonna miss seeing Todd around town and at the gym. He was a very
friendly guy, always had something interesting to say. Great football player as
well. Like I said, things will be a little bit less interesting at the grocery
store, the gym, the gas station, all the places you'd run into him.
Once while broadcasting a 49ers game, Todd made the following remark about Steve
Young's outstanding performance: "He certainly has filled the measure
of his creation!" His co-anchor sat in stunned silence -- probably not even
understanding what he'd just heard. Well, Steve Young isn't the only
one who's "filled the measure of his creation." So has Todd.
I went to school with his Brother Paul. Paul mentioned to me how badly Oregon
wanted Todd to come and be a track athlete. After his elligability was up, BYU
encouraged Todd to stay on campus and train for the 1980 Olympics in the
decathalon. The general concensus was that Todd could medal with a few years of
training. 'Till we meet Todd Christensen.
Profoundly and personally sad day. One winter semester, Coach Edwards let Todd
play lacrosse (spring football is not what it is now). I was on that team and
we all got to know a really great guy. Funny, personal, real TEAM guy.
DEFINATELY not the best lacrosse player on the team, almost funny to watch, but
it never bothered him. Always an effort guy who never took himself too
seriously. I was always very proud of what he became professionally and
personally.Bye Todd. See you soon enough.
I am the same age as Todd and loved watching him as a running back when I was a
student at BYU. In my humble opinion, there has never been a BYU running back
more capable than Todd Christensen at smashing forward for a first down on third
and one or third and two. He was a class act on and off the field (okay, Luke
Staley was also really good at that task). What a sad day for Todd's
family. What a legacy he leaves behind.
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.
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.
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.
Very sad news! Besides being an outstanding athlete, Christensen was an
intelligent, class act. Our prayers are with his family and friends.
This is terrible news, what a shocking and sad thing to hear. Sincere
condolences to the Christensen family.
Wow this is sad! I remember watching him on the old MWC station.
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.
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.
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.
Apparently he was having a Liver Transplant. RaiderNation Will Miss
himCougarNation More So.He could was so intellectual and made
Such sad news. Condolences to the Christensen family. God be with you #46.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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.
RIP Todd Christensen! Condolences to the Christensen family.
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!
Terrible news, he was very active in the local communities. Best to his family!
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.