Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham knows former four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chester McGlockton better than most having coached him in both Oakland and Kansas City for a total of six seasons.
He was saddened to hear the news that McGlockton, in his second season as a defensive assistant at Stanford University, died suddenly at the age of 42 on Wednesday.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Chester McGlockton,” Cunningham said. “I had the privilege to coach Chester with both the Raiders and the Chiefs and he was a quality person and a consummate pro. Everything you could ever want in a football player. I will forever cherish the opportunity to have coached him.
“I was so happy for Chester when he got into coaching because that was something I always thought he could do and I knew it was something he wanted to do. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s family.”
McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. His last NFL season was in 2003 with the Jets.
He registered 555 tackles, 51 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four interceptions in his career. He made four straight Pro Bowl trips starting in 1994, when he had a career-high 9.5 sacks.
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