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Stanford defensive coach Chester McGlockton dead at 42

Chester McGlockton

There is stunning and heartbreaking news coming out of Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon, with Stanford announcing the passing of one of head coach David Shaw‘s assistant coaches.

In a release, the Cardinal announced that defensive assistant Chester McGlockton passed away overnight at the age of 42.  No cause of death was given.

“Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” 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.”

McGlockton, who played his college football at Clemson, was hired by Jim Harbaugh in 2010 and remained on Shaw’s staff when his former boss left for the San Francisco 49ers.  The release goes on to state that McGlockton was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992, 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).

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to McGlockton’s family, friends and anyone else impacted by his passing.

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UPDATED 12:46 p.m. ET: McGlockton’s hometown newspaper, the Whiteville (NC) News Reporter, writes that the coach “was at home with his family in Calif. when he woke up short of breath then apparently suffered a massive heart attack.”

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5 Responses to “Stanford defensive coach Chester McGlockton dead at 42”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    This is not right. He should not have passed so young. I am very sorry to hear this. My prayers and best wishes go this wife and children and the Stanford family and all those who knew him as a friend and colleague for these many years in pro and college ball.

  2. v2the4 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    thats horrible news to hear….the good die young…my thoughts and prayers are with his family

  3. burntorangehorn says: Nov 30, 2011 2:21 PM

    Awful to hear. I remember watching Big Chester play for my Chiefs at Arrowhead, and he was just such a fun player to watch. He wasn’t the biggest of the big, nor the fastest of the fast, but he might just have been the best big/fast combination out there in his prime.

    Anyway, it’s terrible that he died so young. Hard to imagine how it could happen.

  4. deadeye says: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM

    McGlockton isn’t really dead as long as we can find a way to remember him.

    RIP Chester McGlockton

  5. irishking says: Nov 30, 2011 4:59 PM

    That is so sad. It almost sounds like a blockage of his left main coronary artery took him and at a very young age.

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