Clark Haggans, an outside linebacker who won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers after stints in Arizona and San Francisco throughout a 13-year career, has died. He was 46.
According to a notice, the Larimer County coroner’s office went to a house in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Monday to investigate the death of a guy identified as Haggans. There was no indication of wrongdoing.
In the fifth round of the 2000 draught, the Steelers gambled on Haggans. He responded by becoming a special teams ace before moving up to a starting spot opposite Joey Porter on a defence that was consistently rated among the best in the NFL.
In 2005, Haggans had his best season. He had a career-high nine sacks and was a disruptive influence in the playoffs as Pittsburgh won three consecutive road games to reach the Super Bowl. In the Steelers’ sixth championship game, Haggans got one of three sacks against the Seahawks.
Haggans moved west to Arizona in 2008, but he suffered a foot injury in mid-December, causing him to miss the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run.
Haggans played for Arizona from 2008 to 2011 before joining the 49ers for his last season in 2012. He finished with 46 1/2 sacks in 172 games.
Haggans was born in Torrance, California, and attended Colorado State University in the late 1990s. He led the Rams to two Western Athletic Conference championships, and his 33 sacks still stand as a programme record.