“Everyone at the Chargers is deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Muncie, one of the greatest running backs in Chargers history. We will remember him as a tremendous athlete with a larger-than-life personality. It’s a sad day for all of us and all Chargers fans.”
In 2009, Muncie was chosen as one of the 50 greatest Chargers of All Time. He was acquired by the Chargers via trade with the New Orleans Saints in 1980. He played four-plus seasons (1980-84) for the Chargers after playing five seasons with the Saints. Muncie was known for his smooth, powerful running style. He ran for 1,144 yards and a NFL-high 19 touchdowns in 1981. He rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ epic playoff victory in Miami during the 1981 season, and followed that with 94 yards in that season’s AFC title game, known as the Freezer Bowl. He ranks second in team history to LaDainian Tomlinson for career rushing touchdowns (43) and touchdowns in a season (19). He received Pro Bowl honors twice (1981-82) while with the Chargers and once with the Saints (1979). In nine seasons, Muncie finished with 6,702 rushing yards, 2,323 receiving yards and 74 total touchdowns.