Derrick Jensen, Raiders player and Seahawks scout, dies of ALS

Derrick Jensen, who won two Super Bowls as a player for the Raiders and then helped build another Super Bowl winner as a scout with the Seahawks, has died after a five-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. He was 60.

A third-round draft pick in 1978, Jensen played his entire nine-year career with the Raiders, playing running back, fullback and tight end as well as serving as the Raiders’ special teams captain for most of his career. His most memorable play came in Super Bowl XVIII, when he blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown.

“Derrick epitomized the perfect Raider and he will always hold a place in Silver and Black lore,” Raiders Owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “He will be missed dearly by the Raiders family and our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”

After retiring as a player Jensen took a job as a scout with the Seahawks and stayed there for 22 years, retiring only when he got his ALS diagnosis.

“He’s a huge part of the Seahawks organization,” Seattle General Manager John Schneider said. “He was just a classic. There are those guys who are the hidden characters of the National Football League, and he was one of those guys among all the scouts throughout the league. Everybody legitimately loved being at a school with him, scouting with him, going to grab a beer with him, whatever.”

A study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that NFL players are four times more likely than American men as a whole to die of ALS.

Jensen’s wife Amanda died in a car accident in 2009. He is survived by his 19-year-old son, Davis.

Photo vis Seahawks.com.

17 responses to “Derrick Jensen, Raiders player and Seahawks scout, dies of ALS

  1. My heart breaks for their son. 19 is way too young to have lost both parents.

  2. Horrible breaks in life for Davis Jensen. To be an only child who loses your mother in an accident when you are 11 years old, and to lose your father to ALS when you are 19.

    I hope he has the strength and perseverance to make a great life for himself and to build a wonderful family. May the memory of his parents whose own lives were cut many decades too short inspire and comfort him.

  3. Any walk of life… Any opponent … team or rival… It matters not… RIP brother… This is truly sad

  4. livenbreathefootball says:
    Apr 8, 2017 8:27 AM
    My heart breaks for their son. 19 is way too young to have lost both parents.

    I’m not a cryer but as someone who lost his dad to ALS I am actually welling up hearing about this. At 19 you should be enjoying college not having to bury your father on your own. Tough to stomach. I just hope his father left him financially sound enough to live a normal life.

  5. His block and recovery for a TD changed the tone of that Super Bowl game. The Skins had lost only twice that season (each by 1 point). They were a scoring machine. Having the Raiders go up 7-0 was huge. And the blowout was on.

  6. His block and recovery for a TD changed the tone of that Super Bowl game. The Skins had lost only twice that season (each by 1 point). They were a scoring machine. Having the Raiders go up 7-0 was huge. And the blowout was on

    pretty much

    also, riggins was showing his age and haynes/hayes
    took out art monk and the other flanker in single
    man which freed up the raiders d to stack the box
    on riggins

    still, a shocking blowout

    the squirek int/td before half was disastrous for
    washington

  7. Wow between Steve Gleason and Jenson, HUGE Punt blocks in big games!!!

    Its not just a football disease, my aunt died in 2011 from it… ALS patients usually die within 2 years of Dx…

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