STANFORD, Calif. — Chester McGlockton, a former Clemson standout and four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who emerged as a talented assistant coach and mentor at Stanford, died Wednesday. He was 42.
A native of Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton starred at Clemson, with the Tigers posting a 29-6-1 during the three years he played, including a 9-2-1 mark in 1991 when Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. McGlockton made first-team All-ACC in 1991.
He was recruited to Clemson by current Clemson Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations Woody McCorvey.
“Chester wanted to go into coaching. At the National Coaches Convention last January he told me he wanted to go into coaching because he wanted to give back to people who had done so much for him. He felt that was the best way to do it,” McCorvey said. “He was smart, a good husband and father. And, he was a great football player, the best defensive linemen I have ever been around.”
McGlockton spent time helping the San Francisco 49ers and former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh during camp this summer as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Stanford said the school’s defensive assistant died overnight.
“Chester’s been a very close and dear friend over the last four years,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “It was a shock. Just sad, sad today with the news of his passing. Chester was a great guy, good man, doing the right things. ... He was helping a lot of people. We’re really going to miss him. To say he was coming into his own as a coach would be understating it. He had already blossomed. He was so positive with the players and with the other coaches. He always had coaching advice or spiritual advice, a smile for you.”
The cause of death was not immediately announced.
“For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all,” Stanford coach David Shaw said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s wife Zina and their two children.”
McGlockton was selected 16th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Kansas City, Denver and New York Jets. He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances with the Raiders from 1994-1997.