Dick Harmon: BYU, Raiders tight end Todd Christensen was a larger than life superstar on and off the field

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  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Nov. 15, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    This isn't much but I remember Todd working Gary Crowton's first game against Tulane, I think. His son Toby was playing in the game. In the third or fourth quarter Toby caught a pass which I believe was noted by Todd's broadcast partner, name forgotten. Todd's response was "Boy, that kid's mother sure is beautiful!"

    Oddly enough, in spite of his Church membership that made him an apparent odd fit with the Raiders, his unique personality caused him to fit right in to that group of unusual folks, from Al Davis to the water and ball boys.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 15, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Why is he not in the Hall of Fame? Is it too late?

  • Gary Kinney Huntington Beach, CA
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Todd was quite the character. Had a thirst for greatness. Remember him living in Hinckley Hall his freshman year and was blessed to throw passes to him in the january snow so he could get better. What a great friend and person all can look up to. May God's blessings be with his family. It is a sad day to be a Cougar for we have lost one too young...yet it is also a great day because we have seen excellence, faith, courage and grace and it is Todd Christensen.

    God Bless
    Gary Kinney
    Huntington Beach, Ca.

  • Sandyclaws Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    I remember Todd doing the splits in the endzone after scoring a TD in the 1976 Citrus Bowl. I remember being proud of his accomplishments with the Raiders (a team I hate). One of my favorite memories is when he and fellow "Mountain West" announcer James Bates tried to see who could get the most references to songs from "The Sound of Music" in one of their 30-minute football weekend recap shows. Todd even managed to use "The Lonely Goatherd." It was classic.

    Todd, you've gone too early. We will miss you.

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Thanks Dick. Excellent tribute to a man deserving of your praise. God bless Todd's family.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Nov. 13, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    That should be Scott Norberg not Nyberg. You don't need to post this if you correct it. Thanks.

  • Fibonacci Centerville, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    I loved Todd Christensen's color commentary as a football analyst. He was always well prepared and insightful but most of all he was entertaining and articulate. He was one of those rare pro athletes that had his priorities straight: Family man, religious man, grateful man. RIP Todd Christensen. You'll be missed.