Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/14/13
Chuck Muncie, three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at the age of 60. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints confirmed the news and cited a heart attack as the cause of his death. Muncie tallied 6,702 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. Muncie played college football at Cal and was runner-up to Archie Griffin for the Heisman Trophy in 1975. He was the Saints' third overall draft pick in 1976. In 1979, he rushed for 1,198 yards on 238 carries while scoring 11 touchdowns and collecting 308 receiving yards for the Saints. Muncie was unhappy in New Orleans and was traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he led the league with 19 touchdowns a year later. His playing career was cut short when he was suspended for the remainder of the 1984 season after testing positive for cocaine after Week 1. Muncie attempted a comeback in 1985 with the Minnesota Vikings but abruptly quit, citing personal problems. Muncie was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 1989 for selling cocaine. After his release from prison, Muncie devoted his life to working with children and adult addicts and counseling gang members to lead productive lives. He established the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation in 1997. The nonprofit counsels youngsters, offers alternatives to gangs and paus for tattoo removal for gang members. Muncie also mentored athletes at Cal, his alma mater.
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