CLEMSON -- Former Clemson football standout Chester McGlockton died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack in California, where he was a defensive assistant coach at Stanford University.
McGlockton, 42, was part of Clemson's last ACC title team in 1991, when he earned All-ACC honors as a defensive tackle and went on to become a first-round pick in the 1992 NFL draft. McGlockton had a 12-year career in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.
McGlockton was recruited by Woody McCorvey, the Clemson director of football operations, who was an assistant on Danny Ford's staff in 1988. McGlockton is a native of Whiteville, N.C.
"We had grown very close over the last five years," said McCorvey. "In fact, I talked with him Tuesday. He didn't talk a lot when he was younger, but he had developed a strong faith in recent years.
"He was smart, a good husband and father. And, he was a great football player, the best defensive lineman I have ever been around." McGlockton was a freshman All-American in 1989, when he led the ACC with seven sacks as a freshman. He finished his career with 20 1/2 sacks, eighth in Clemson history, even though he played just three seasons.
Clemson led the nation in total defense in 1990 and led the nation in rushing defense in 1991 with McGlockton starting on the defensive line along with future NFL players Brentson Buckner, John Johnson and Levon Kirkland. He was the 16th overall pick in 1992 draft by the Oakland Raiders.
McCorvey encouraged McGlockton to get into coaching after his pro career, and he joined the Stanford staff last season.
"For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all," said David Shaw, Stanford's director of football. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester's wife, Zina, and their two children."