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Former Saints And Chargers RB Chuck Muncie Passes Away

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Chuck Muncie, one of the greatest running backs in New Orleans Saints history, passed away today at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

After a stellar collegiate career at Cal, the Saints drafted Muncie #3 overall in the 1976 NFL draft. Despite playing for a losing team, Muncie shined, becoming the first Saint ever selected to the Pro Bowl in 1979 where he earned Pro Bowl MVP honors. That season, he also became the first player in franchise history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing, finishing the year with 1,198. He currently ranks 5th in Saints history in rushing with 3,393 yards.

After spending 4 years with New Orleans, he requested a trade after the ’79 season. His wish was granted, as the Saints sent Muncie to the San Diego Chargers where he played for 5 more seasons, earning All-Pro honors in ’81 and ’82. His career was cut short due to a cocaine addiction, an addiction that landed him in prison for a year and a half.

While imprisoned, Muncie cleaned up his life. Upon his release, he began a mentor program to assist others with substance abuse problems.

The Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation (http://www.chuckmuncie.org) will help his mentoring legacy live on.

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