Vai's View: Todd Christensen was an extraordinary athlete, intellectual, humorist and mentor

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  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 17, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    Thanks, Vai. You did it again. Wonderful article about a good man.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Nov. 16, 2013 7:40 p.m.

    What a wonderful article and tribute. Todd and Vai certainly break the mold as NFL players.

  • fani wj, UT
    Nov. 16, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing, Vai

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    Nov. 16, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    It's amazing how we watch and admire the athletic prowess of a person like Todd Christensen. And yet, we know so little about the other facets of his life. Thanks for sharing Vai. Todd will certainly be missed. God bless his family.

  • bkcharles Snowflake, AZ
    Nov. 16, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    I will never forget Todd's elder quorum lessons when I was a young returned missionary in the El Segundo ward that Todd attended while playing for the Raiders. He would quote Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and many other philosophers as if they were the multiplication tables or the alphabet. This he did while bearing powerful testimony. I have to admit, because of my limited education at the time, it made it very difficult for me (and most of the rest of the elder's quorum) to understand, but we still could understand the spirit that bore witness of what he was saying.

    My association with the Christensen's changed the way that I viewed myself. He made me realize that just because one was a great athlete and a physically imposing individual, it didn't mean that you couldn't be an intelligent, well read, articulate person. Because of his example, I sought to become well read. I even took a class in nihilism ;>)

    I am thankful for Todd's temporally short mentoring in my life, but his everlasting influence in my life

  • grip Meridian, ID
    Nov. 16, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    A wonderful, uplifting, encouraging and spiritual tribute to a GOOD man by a GOOD man. Thank you, Val for a well expressed article about a well balanced man.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 16, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Vai, how do you feel about Todd not being in the NFL Hall of Fame?

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    Nov. 16, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Thank you, Vai. A great tribute to a BYU player who inspired all Cougar fans as well as many, many others who can see through uniform color. He was a great man who put first things first. I loved watching him as a player and broadcaster. But more than anything, I'm so grateful for his example as a man, a husband and a father. This is where he was best. Prayers to his family.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Nov. 16, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    Todd Christensen is the brightest and most confident player to ever put on an NFL uniform... His mastery of the English Language was impressive and his self confidence was an example to all... From this fan's perspective, Todd Christensen was an outstanding Human Being.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 11:24 p.m.

    Great article.

    Todd wasn't just a man's man, he was a good man's man.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    Todd was always one of my favorite BYU and NFL players. He played with passion and it was fun to watch him over the years. I also liked his broadcast career in College Football. He was articulate and open with his cometary. I saw Todd at Golds Gym in American Fork for years ...often times helping those in wheel chairs or other disabilities. Todd was a great father and I'm certain it will take some time for his family to heal from his great loss...but healing always comes through the Savior.