Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 May 2013

Chuck Muncie Passes Away

Three-time All-Pro back Chuck Muncie has passed away after a heart attack, per Adam Schefter.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 14 May 2013

3 comments, Last at 15 May 2013, 12:20am by BroncosGuyAgain

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 05/14/2013 - 12:30pm

Sad to hear.

I looked him up at PFR to see how old he was - only 60 - and I don't know why but I was surprised to see that he managed to get to 85 points of AV. I must've undervalued him in tha back of my mind.

Also he played 4.5 seasons for both the Saints and Chargers, and when you look at his totals, those two stints were almost completely identical.

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by Megamanic :: Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:10pm

The youth of today forget that "Air Coryell" had a very large portion of "Ground Chuck".

RIP and well done for turning your life around so completely and doing so much good with your time on earth.

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by BroncosGuyAgain :: Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:20am

For those of us that rooted for a Chargers rival, Muncie was an infuriatingly good player. He was big, but his power seemed to be disproportional to his actual size. He was reasonably fast, but seemed to play faster than you expected. He wasn't a great pass catcher, but always seemed to catch and convert on a crucial third down. You kept thinking "he's not that good" and he kept killing you.

He did a confessional for SI admitting to his free-base cocaine addiction, which was shocking at the time, though less dramatic than Richard Pryor setting himself ablaze. With the benefit of time and perspective, I'm happy his heart lasted this long, and sorry that it wasn't longer. By all accounts he had acknowledged his mistakes and weaknesses and dedicated his life to steering others away from the same pitfalls. I rooted against him as a player but could only root for him as a person. With some significant setbacks along the way, he achieved great success on both fronts.