Clark Haggans, who used to play outside linebacker for the Steelers and won a Super Bowl with them, has died at the age of 46, a team representative said Wednesday morning.
In a news statement, the Larimer County coroner’s office said that on Monday, they went to a home in Fort Collins, Colorado, to look into the death of a man named Haggans. The coroner’s office said that an autopsy was done on Wednesday, but the cause and way of death are still being looked into. There was no sign of a crime.
Haggans was picked up by the Steelers in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 2000 after playing for Colorado State. He spent eight seasons in Pittsburgh and was a starter on the team that beat the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XL in 2006. Haggans made five stops and sacked Matt Hasselbeck on the first drive of the game. This capped off a season in which he had a career-high nine sacks and four forced fumbles.
Haggans spent his last four years with the Steelers as a full-time starter. He ended his career with the team with one interception, 12 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 332 tackles, and 32.5 sacks.
Haggans played for the Arizona Cardinals for four years after leaving Pittsburgh. He spent his last season with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2012. He has 33 career sacks, which is a school record. In 2015, he was admitted into the school’s Hall of Fame.