Clark Haggans Dies at Age 46; Former Steelers LB Won Super Bowl XL

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 21, 2023

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Clark Haggans #53 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Carolina Panthers December 17, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 37-3. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Clark Haggans died Tuesday at age 46, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

A spokesman for the Steelers confirmed the news but didn't disclose a cause of death.

Haggans spent his first eight years in the NFL in Pittsburgh. He appeared in 107 games, recording 332 tackles and 32.5 sacks. A fifth-round pick in the 2000 draft, he started as a backup for the Steelers before emerging as a key piece of the defense.

One of Haggans' best individual years coincided with Pittsburgh's return to the NFL summit. He collected nine sacks and forced four fumbles in 2005, a campaign that ended with the team celebrating its fifth Super Bowl title.

Haggans signed with the Arizona Cardinals ahead of the 2008 season and was a member of the team through 2011. He finished out his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 and made nine appearances as the Niners captured the NFC title.