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Chargers Mourn Loss of the Great Chuck Muncie
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The San Diego Chargers were saddened to hear about the passing of Chuck Muncie on Tuesday, one of the greatest running backs in franchise history.
Muncie played four-plus seasons in San Diego after the team acquired him from the New Orleans Saints in 1980. He appeared in 51 games and rushed for 3,309 yards and 43 touchdowns, becoming a two-time All Pro and Pro Bowl selection during that span. Muncie’s best statistical season came in 1981 when he ran for 1,144 yards and 19 touchdowns, which tied a then-NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a single season. One of the 50 greatest Chargers of All Time, Muncie ranks second in team history to LaDanian Tomlinson for career rushing touchdowns and touchdowns in a season. Over his complete nine year career, he carried the ball 1,561 times for 6,702 yards and 71 TDs.
After hearing the sad news, many of his former teammates spoke about what a great man he was on and off the field, and how much he’ll be missed.
“Today is a tough day,” said Hank Bauer. “Chuck may be the most physically gifted running back I have ever seen in my entire life. He was 6-foot-4 and a half, 255 pounds, and he did everything a 190 pound scat back could do with that body. His physical gifts were only matched by his amazing personality. He had a terrific sense of humor and was an incredible loving, caring and giving teammate. The best thing is that his talents were also matched by his love and zest for life. Chuck was very smart, and like a lot of guys who went through what he went through in his personal life, he was able to learn from it, which was the best thing. He made the world a much better place.”
Doug Wilkerson was on the Chargers for Muncie’s entire tenure in San Diego.
“It’s a sad day,” said the former guard. “He was a fantastic individual. A great football player. The thing with Chuck was he was always a great prankster, but he was a great human being. He was just a fantastic person and a great, great teammate. He’ll be sorely missed.”
Ed White, another guard, also expressed his condolences on Muncie’s passing.
“It’s disheartening and when I got the call it shook me up quite a bit,” he said. “He was a great guy and a wonderful teammate. I loved him to death. The thing that I see when I close my eyes is his happy face, his smile and his kindness to everyone.”
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