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Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Stanford has confirmed that Cardinal assistant coach and former Clemson and Los Angeles Raiders defensive line great Chester McGlockton died Tuesday evening after suffering a major heart attack. McGlockton was 42.
The Cardinal athletic department released the following statement:
Chester McGlockton, who has served on Stanford’s Football staff for the past two seasons, passed away overnight. He was 42 years old.A punishing defensive tackle, McGlockton was one of the anchors for Clemson's fearsome '89, '90, and '91 defenses, leading the ACC in sacks as a true freshman and finishing with 20.5 for his career. In 1991, McGlockton was named first-team all-ACC as the Tigers' No. 1-ranked rushing defense propelled Clemson to the ACC title--still the Tigers' most recent conference championship.
“Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw. “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.”
A native of Whiteville, N.C., Mr. McGlockton was in his second season on the Stanford coaching staff as a defensive assistant. A first round pick (16th overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992, Mr. McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders (1994, ’95, ’96 and ’97).
A three-year standout at Clemson, Mr. McGlockton earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.
As a pro, McGlockton's best season came in 1994, when he earned one of his four Raiders Pro Bowl appearances by racking up a
a career-high 9 1/2 sacks with three forced fumbles and 48 tackles.
"The thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation are with the McGlockton family during this difficult time," said Raiders CEO Amy Trask.
McGlockton was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year.