Former Raiders DT Chester McGlockton Dead at 42

Sad news today as another former NFL Star has died way too early. Four Time Pro-Bowl Defensive Tackle Chester McGlockton passed away earlier today at the age of 42.

McGlockton, who was in his second season as a defensive assistant at Stanford, was the 16th overall pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.

Stanford released the following statement.

“Everyone in the Stanford football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” Stanford coach David Shaw said in a statement. “For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s wife, Zina, and their two children.”

While the circumstances of his death have not been released, your mind has to go to the recent deaths involving chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is caused by repeated head trauma.

Football is a barbaric sport and as these athletes get stronger and faster, we are seeing more and more deaths related to the game. Hopefully new technology and more research into conditions like CTE (which is only discoverable by autopsy) can help the athletes live on well past their playing days.