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Encyclopedia > Todd Christensen
Todd Christensen
Date of birth August 3, 1956
Place of birth Flag of United States Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Position(s) Tight end
College Brigham Young
NFL Draft 1978 / Round 2/ Pick 56
Pro Bowls 5
Stats
Statistics
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Team(s)
1979
1979-88
New York Giants
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Todd Jay Christensen (born August 3, 1956 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania), is a former professional football player and a current sports broadcaster for NBC and ESPN. August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Bellefonte is a borough located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Brigham Young University Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, is the flagship university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... 1978 NFL Draft Round one Categories: | | ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bellefonte is a borough located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... ESPN (which formerly stood for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Football career

Christensen began his NFL career as a second round draft pick of Dallas in 1978 out of Brigham Young University, while playing fullback he broke his foot in the final exhibition game that year and was cut. He would later sign with the Oakland Raiders, who would convert him to a tight end. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Metallic Silver, Silver, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967... 1978 NFL Draft Round one Categories: | | ... Brigham Young University Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, is the flagship university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC...


After three seasons of no spectacular statistics (including the Raiders' Super Bowl winning campaign in 1980), Christensen broke out in 1982, catching 42 balls for 510 yards and 4 TD's in the strike shortened season, helping the Raiders to the best record in the NFL. Date January 25, 1981 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Jim Plunkett, Quarterback Favorite Eagles by 3 National anthem Helen OConnell Coin toss Marie Lombardi Referee Ben Dreith Halftime show Jim Skinner Productions presents Mardi Gras Festival Attendance 76,135 TV in the United States Network NBC... The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The next year, Christensen caught 92 passes for a career high 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns, and earned the first of his five trips to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. His total catches led the NFL, making him the second tight end to ever do this (Kellen Winslow was the other). The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Kellen Boswell Winslow (born 1957 in St. ...


Christensen topped 1,000 yards again in 1984, catching 82 passes in the process. He hit 80 receptions again the following year, just missing 1,000 yards by 13 yards. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ...


1986 was Christensen's last big season statistically. He would end the year with a career high and league leading 95 receptions, for 1,153 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also became the first tight end in history to catch 90 passes twice in a career. The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Christensen's 1987 campaign was cut short, but in 12 games he still managed to catch 47 balls (a little less than 4 a game). His 663 yards averaged to 14.1 yards per reception, a career high in seasons where he caught at least 40. The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In Christensen's final year, he missed more than half the season with injuries and only managed 15 receptions, with none going for touchdowns. The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In his career, Christensen caught 461 passes for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns. In eight postseason games, he caught 31 balls for 358 yards and only one touchdown.


He led the league in receptions twice, and his 349 receptions from 1983-86 were a then NFL record. The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Post-football

After retiring from football, Christensen got into TV work, co-hosting the second half of the first season of American Gladiators with Mike Adamle. He would later join NBC as part of its NFL coverage, and recently did color commentary for ESPN's college football coverage. American Gladiators was a TV show that ran between 1989 and 1996. ... Mike Adamle (born October 4, 1949, in Euclid, Ohio) is the sports anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Illinois. ... The NFL on NBC was the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage will return to NBC for the 2006 season under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1]. // Background The...


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Todd Christensen: Raider in the Booth (1506 words)
Christensen was born in Pennsylvania while his father was working on a doctorate degree at Penn State University.
Todd met his wife, the former Kathleen Simmons, briefly at BYU before she went on a semester abroad to Israel.
While Todd was a member of the Raiders, he and his wife invited a teammate and his wife, Burgess and Josie Owens, to Thanksgiving dinner.
Cougar Club Hall of Fame - Todd Christensen (426 words)
Todd found a home with the L.A. Raiders, but he didn't emerge as a household name until 1982.
Todd led the NFL in receptions in 1983 with 92 catches, more than any other tight end in a single season.
Todd was a special teams captain on the 1981 team that defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV.
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