April 06, 2015

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Longtime Raiders defensive assistant and former NFL player Charlie Sumner has died. He was 84.

Sumner's son, Colin, told the Bay Area News Group that his father died Friday in Maui from complications following gall bladder surgery.

The Raiders said they were saddened by the news and said Sumner was ''instrumental'' in some of the team's greatest triumphs. Sumner served three tours as a Raiders assistant with his most memorable moment coming as defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl following the 1983 season.

Late in the first half, Sumner replaced Matt Millen with backup linebacker Jack Squirek. Squirek intercepted a pass from Joe Theismann and ran it in for a score that helped fuel the 38-9 win over Washington.

Sumner played eight seasons with Chicago and Minnesota and also coached for Pittsburgh, New England and the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.

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