The New Orleans Saints have confirmed that Chuck Muncie has passed away of a heart attack. He was 60 years old.
"Sadly, we have learned of the untimely passing of Chuck Muncie," said New Orleans Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and other loved ones at this difficult time."
In 1976 the Saints drafted Muncie from the University of California with the third pick of the first round.
In 1979 he became the first Saints running back to rush for 1,000 yards (1,198). That year he also became the first Saints player to ever make it to a Pro Bowl. He was named the MVP of the game.
During his time with the Saints, Muncie, along with fellow running back Tony Galbreath, earned the nicknames "Thunder and Lightning." Galbreath was drafted in the second round by the Saints in 1976.
Muncie was traded to San Diego in 1980 and his career ended after week one of the 1984 season when NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle suspended him after he tested positive for cocaine.
He finished his NFL career with 6,702 rushing yards, averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had 71 touchdowns playing for the Saints and the San Diego Chargers.
In 1989 Muncie served prison time for cocaine distribution charges. After his release from prison he founded the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation and dedicated himself to a life of community service.
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