Former Raiders Pro Bowler Chester McGlockton, a member of David Shaw's coaching staff at Stanford, has died at the age of 42.
The official cause of death is unknown. According to his hometown newspaper in North Carolina he "he woke up short of breath then apparently suffered a massive heart attack."
McGlockton finished his 12-year NFL career with 555 tackles, 51 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four interceptions. He delivered a career-best 9.5 sacks in 1994.
A powerful physical presence, he was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the L.A. Raiders in 1992. He played for the Raiders (1992-97), Chiefs (1998-00), Broncos (2001-02) and Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders(1994, '95, '96 and '97).
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He was hired by current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh as a defensive assistant with the Cardinal in 2010. Stanford University released the news of McGlockton's passing shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, via this press release:
STANFORD, Calif. -- Chester McGlockton, who has served on Stanfords Football staff for the past two seasons, passed away overnight. He was 42 years old.
Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton, said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football 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 Chesters 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.
McGlockton spent 2009 as an intern coach at the University of Tennessee under current USC and former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin.
Before earning all-ACC status at Clemson, he earned All-State and All-America honors at Whiteville High School in North Carolina.
McGlockton led the ACC in sacks as a freshman in 1989 and helped Clemton to a top-10 ranking in 1990. In 1991, he earned first team All-ACC honors while spearheading Clemson's top-ranked rushing defense which helped the Tigers to the ACC title. He had 20.5 sacks in his three-year Clemson career.