McGlockton, Chester

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Chester McGlockton
Chester McGlockton (1969-2011) was a defensive tackle for the New York Jets for the 2003 season.


Background and college

Born September 16, 1969 in Whiteville, North Carolina, McGlockton was a High School All-American as a Tight End/Defensive Lineman at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina. He played Varsity Football all four years. During his senior year he led the Whiteville Wolfpack to a 15-0 record, a State Championship, and a USA Today National Ranking. He played college football at Clemson University under Danny Ford and Ken Hatfield. He scored a touchdown as a freshman in the 1989 Gator Bowl vs. the West Virginia Mountaineers.

NFL Career

Before the Jets

McGlockton was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played six seasons with the Raiders, earning all four of his Pro Bowl appearances with them. In 1998, McGlockton signed with Kansas City, where he spent three seasons, following this with a two-year spell in Denver. In his final season with the Broncos, he started 15 games and led the defensive line with 63 tackles and had 2.5 sacks, but was released for financial reasons.

As a Jet

After starter Josh Evans was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy for a third time, the Jets panicked. His projected replacement, first-round pick Dewayne Robertson was still unsigned, so the Jets needed someone fat, sorry, fast. They went for McGlockton. Who apparently hadn't done any exercise apart from lifting food to his mouth for the previous few months. At the time GM Terry Bradway nor coach Herman Edwards would say how much McGlockton weighs, saying only that he is a "big man."

McGlockton's playing weight was 334 pounds, he allegedly showed up weighing well in excess of 380 pounds, and asking when Herm's next BBQ was scheduled for. In his single season with the Jets, McGlockton appeared in 16 games with one sack and two forced fumbles. McGlockton's Jets career was probably best known for his snoring interrupting an interview with Wayne Chrebet in the lockeroom after a game. McGlockton finished his NFL career with 51 sacks, including a career season high of 9.5 in 1994.

After the NFL

At the start of 2009, McGlockton is an intern coach with the University of Tennessee football team. He then accepted a defensive assistant position at Stanford in 2010 and worked on David Shaw's staff. McGlockton was also a co-owner of D1 Sports Training in Greenville, SC, and ran some Fatburger restaurants.


McGlockton died of an enlarged heart on November 30, 2011.

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