RIP Chuck Muncie

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Chuck Muncie

I was saddened to hear of the passing of former NFL running back Chuck Muncie. The onetime San Diego Charger and New Orleans Saint back, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60. He is best remembered for being the featured back in Don Coryell’s offense that ran roughshod throughout the NFL in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Muncie was the Saints first round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, after a stellar college career at California. During his time at Berkeley, Muncie set school records for yards rushing and touchdowns. Muncie was named Pac-8 player of the year in 1975, where he rushed for 1,460 yards and 13 touchdowns. Muncie finished second in the Heisman trophy balloting, as Ohio State back Archie Griffin took home the honours.

When Muncie arrived in New Orleans, he was hailed as the franchise back the Saints desperately needed. However…

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  1. Muncie was such an under-rated part of that Charger “Air Coryell” offense. Because of his ability to run the football, opposing defenses couldn’t cheat a linebacker or a safety back to help the pass coverage. Keeping linebackers and safeties occupied helped make Kellen Winslow such a weapon front the tight end position. Muncie won’t ever get as much credit as he deserves for being the prototype for the next generation of running back who could catch 40 passes and still run for 1,000 yards.

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