Chester McGlockton, who was in his second year as an assistant on David Shaw's staff, passed away this morning at the age of 42. According to the former Clemson and Raiders star's hometown newspaper, McGlockton woke up short of breath before suffering a heart attack.
Stanford players reacted to the news on Twitter, the athletics department issued a statement, and @StanfordFBall tweeted the following message:
McGlockton earned his undergraduate degree at Tennessee-Martin in 2010 after spending 2009 as an intern coach under Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. In a 2010 interview with GoStanford.com, McGlockton described the full-body pain he battled everyday, a reminder of his 12-year NFL career. McGlockton's weight increased to more than 400 pounds after retirement before he underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2008. McGlockton said he hoped to coach as long as his body would allow him.
"As long as, God willing, my body can hold up, I'd like to do it," McGlockton told David Kiefer of Stanford Athletics. "But if it doesn't, God will have something else for me. I believe in that."
Rest in peace, Chester.