Saints running back Chuck Muncie (42) breaks a tackle by New York Giants safety Beasley Reece and heads for the end zone to score a touchdown in the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sunday, Sept. 30, 1979. (AP Photo)
New Orleans, La. -
Los Angeles, Calif.- Former New Orleans Saints running back Chuck Muncie has passed away at the age of 60 after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Muncie's journey in football and in life took many twists and turns. He was the first player taken by the Saints with the third pick of the 1976 draft out of the University of California. His best season with the Saints was in 1979 when he racked up nearly 1,200 yards rushing.
Muncie then moved on to the San Diego Chargers, and in 1981, he led the league with 19 touchdowns.
Then, the troubles arrived. Muncie was suspended by the league for cocaine use in 1984. He was imprisoned on drug charges in 1989, but turned his life around upon his release 18-months later.
From that time on, Muncie dedicated his life to helping others. Troubled young people and adults fighting addiction, alike. One of his more memorable services was providing tattoo removals for gang members trying to clean up their acts.
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