WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One of the best football players in the history of the Cape Fear region has died. Whiteville High School alum and former NFL Pro Bowler Chester McGlockton is dead at the age of 42. He died overnight in California.
McGlockton was in his second year as an assistant football coach at Stanford University.
Whiteville has a rich sports history. McGlockton is a huge part of that tradition. In fact McGlockton earned All-America honors during his time in Whiteville.
He went onto play college football at Clemson. He was a first round NFL draft pick in 1992 of the Los Angeles Raiders. McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL.
Two years ago he was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. At the news conference prior to the event the four-time Pro Bowler was more than happy to talk about his hometown and his weight when he played for the Whiteville Wolfpack.
"This is what I weighed actually in my last year in high school," McGlockton said in May 2009. "I was 285 my last season in high school, and this is exactly what I weigh now. I played at about 330 in professional, which nowadays is an average NFL lineman, but at the time I came in was a big lineman."
According to reports, McGlockton was at home with his family in California early this morning when he woke up short of breath. Shortly after that he the 42-year-old appeared to suffer a heart attack.
McGlockton is survived by his wife Zina and their two children.
"Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton," Stanford head coach David Shaw said. "For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s wife Zina and their two children."
McGlockton played in the NFL with the Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders (1994, '95, '96 and '97). McGlockton finished his 12-year NFL career with 51 sacks including a career-best of 9.5 in 1994.
A three-year standout at Clemson, McGlockton earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.
Before earning all-ACC status at Clemson, he earned All-State and All-America honors at Whiteville High School.
McGlockton led the ACC in sacks as a freshman in 1989 and helped Clemson to a top-10 ranking in 1990. In 1991, he earned first team All-ACC honors while spearheading Clemson's top-ranked rushing defense which helped the Tigers to the ACC title. He had 20.5 sacks in his three-year Clemson career.
McGlockton spent 2009 as an intern coach at the University of Tennessee under current USC and former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin. McGlockton accepted a defensive assistant position at Stanford in 2010 under current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.