Todd Christensen Biography

( 1956 - )
December 11, 2018
First published on:December 11, 2018
by Jorden

Facts of Todd Christensen

Date of Birth: 1956, August 3
Age: 63 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 3 Inch
Birth Name Todd Jay Christensen
Birth Place Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Famous Name Todd Christensen
Horoscope Leo
Father Ned Jay Christensen
Mother June Christensen
Net Worth $1,5 million
School Location Eugene, Oregon
Career Earnings $3 million
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Profession sports commentator
Started career as football player
University attended Brigham Young
School attended Sheldon
Married to Kathleen Simmons
Children four children Toby, Tory, Trevor and Teren

Todd Jay Christensen was a famous sportscaster who did commentating in the professional and college games. Known for his appearance in American Gladiators, Todd was a known tv sportscaster and mostly appeared on the football commentaries. Other than working for Sports channel he was a former football player. In addition, he had worked for many other channels like ESPN, NBC Sports, and CBS Network.


Todd Jay Christensen reportedly earned around $50,000 as his yearly salary from the network and had an estimated net worth of over $1,5 million. Todd was married to his longtime girlfriend Kathleen Simmons and is survived by four children Toby, Tory, Trevor, and Teren. In addition, Todd died of the liver diseases on November 13, 2013.

Todd Christensen Early Life and Educational History

Todd Jay Christensen was born on August 3, 1956, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to Ned Jay Christensen and June Christensen. As per his nationality, he was American and belonged to White ethnic group. Further, his sun sign was Leo.

At that time, his father worked on a doctoral degree at Pennsylvania State University. After teaching in West Virginia, his father was given a teaching position in Eugene, Oregon, when Todd was five years old and the family moved.

Todd Jay Christensen, after graduating from Sheldon in Eugene, Oregon, joined the Brigham Young and acquired his degree Bachelor's degree. In addition, Todd was graduate in social working in 1978.

Todd Christensen Net worth and Salary

Todd Jay Christensen was one of the most popular CBS sports anchors who has made a successful career as a sports anchorman. Since CBS is a popular Sports Network, it is well known for paying a heavy amount of salary to its sportscasters. As Todd Jay Christensen was a regular anchor, he earned a decent amount of salary from the network.

The American sportscaster/anchor Todd Jay Christensen had an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. The average wage for the "CBS sports network" ranges from about $38,073 per year for Reporters. It can be assumed that Todd might have earned an estimated average salary of around $70,000 because of his experience.

Further, the reporter received an added sum of money from his radio and TV guest appearances as a sports pundit too.

Todd Christensen Professional Career

Playing Career:

Todd was selected by Dallas Cowboys in the second-round 56th overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft. He was waived off by the New York Giants but only played in one game and spent two weeks with the team before being released to make room for wide receiver Dwight Scale.

Christensen was signed by Oakland Raiders and became their key player. Todd's total catches led the NFL and made him the second tight end to do this( the other was Kellen Winslow). The Raiders finished the season with an impressive 38–9 victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII in Washington.

Christensen's last big one was 1986 NFL Season statistically. Christensen only missed one game with the Raiders in his career and captured 461 passes for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns. He captured 31 balls for 358 yards and only one touchdown in eight postseason games.

Todd led the league twice at the receptions, and his 349 receptions between 1983 and 86( four seasons) were an NFL. The association of professional football researchers named Christensen in the 2017 PFRA Hall of Very Good Class in 2017.

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Broadcasting Career:

Todd became the broadcaster after co-hosting second half of the American Gladiators alongside Mike Adamie. Later on, from 1990-94, Christensen joined NFL on NBC as a color commentator with Charlie Jones for 4 years. If Greg Gumbel stayed in CBS, he would have joined Drew Goodman in 1994 instead of Jim Lampley.

CAPTION: Todd Christensen SOURCE: America Gladiators

Besides, he guest starred on Married with children show titled "Kelly Knows Something". He also did color commentary for ESPN'S college football. Later in August 2012, he was announced as new analyst for CBS Sports network. Moreover, Todd received Oregon Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Todd Christensen Personal Life

Todd Christensen married Kathleen Simmons on November 28, 1997, after a longtime affair. 

CAPTION: Todd with his family SOURCE: Cougarnation

Todd died of liver disease on November 13, 2013, at the age of 57. He died during a liver transplant surgery at International Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen and four children, Toby Jay, Tory James, Trevor John, and Teren Joel.

The famous sportscaster was 6 feet 3 inches tall in height and weighed around 230 lbs.

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Facts About Todd Christensen

  • Birthdate: August 3, 1956
  • Birthplace: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
  • Net worth: $1.5 million
  • Wife: Kathleen Simmons
  • Children: Toby Jay, Tory James, Trevor John, and Teren Joel
  • Death date: November 13, 2013

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