Super Bowl Champion Clark Haggans Dies At 46

( – A former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clark Haggans, has died at 46. There has been nothing released as of yet that determines the cause of death.

Haggans grew up near Torrance, California. He went on to play for Colorado State University, where he holds the all-time sack record for 33 sacks. Inducted into the Colorado State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Haggans was considered “one of the greatest defensive players in program history,” according to Colorado State.

In 2000, he was a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played with the team from 2000-2007, including as a member of its 2005 Super Bowl XL championship team. He began playing with the team as a starter in the 2004 season. The 2005 was one his best seasons, with a career-best nine sacks. During the 2005 playoffs he had 18 tackles, with 5 being in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, as well as a sack of Matt Hasselbeck.

During his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had 32.5 sacks, 31 tackles for loss, 332 combined tackles, 12 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries as well as 17 passes defended. When Haggans was on the team, the Steelers were never ranked for total defense outside the top 10.

He played three seasons for the Arizona Cardinals during which the team went to the Super Bowl, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played one season for the San Francisco 49ers before he retired in 2012. During his final season with the 49ers the team played in the Super Bowl, falling to the Baltimore Ravens. He finished his career with 16 forced fumbles, 46.5 sacks and 520 tackles.

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