Outside linebacker Clark Haggans , who played for Arizona and San Francisco during his 13-year career and won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has passed away. He was 46.
Haggans died on Monday, according to Colorado State University, where he played for the Rams in the late 1990s. The reason of death was not disclosed. Choosing Haggans in the fifth round in the 2000 draught was a gamble for the Steelers.
He responded by becoming a special teams ace before graduating into a starting role opposite Joey Porter on a defense that regularly ranked among the best in the NFL.
Clark Haggans’ finest season came in 2005. He racked up a career-best nine sacks and was a disruptive force in the playoffs as Pittsburgh won three straight road games to reach the Super Bowl. He had one of three Pittsburgh sacks in the title game against the Seahawks as the Steelers earned their fifth championship.
Haggans headed west to Arizona in 2008 but went down with a foot injury in mid-December, forcing him to sit out a postseason run that ended with the Cardinals falling to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
Haggans played for Arizona from 2008-11 and in addition , he spent his final season in the league with the 49ers in 2012, finishing with 46.5 sacks in 172 games.
Clark Haggans grew up near Torrance, California, before playing at Colorado State in the late 1990s. He helped the Rams to a pair of Western Athletic Conference titles and his 33 sacks remain a program record. He had a son and a daughter.