Chuck Muncie, a Uniontown native who starred in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home near Los Angeles.
Muncie was 60.
After attempting a basketball career at Arizona Western, Muncie set six school rushing records at the University of California. He finished second in the 1975 Heisman Trophy balloting, behind Ohio State’s Archie Griffin.
Muncie was the first-round draft pick in 1976, third overall, of the New Orleans Saints. By 1979, he had become the Saints’ first 1,000-yard rusher, but New Orleans traded him midway through the 1980 season to the San Diego Chargers. In 1981, Muncie rushed for 19 touchdowns, which tied the then-record for a single season.
In nine NFL seasons, Muncie recorded more than 6,700 rushing yards and over 2,300 receiving yards with 74 total touchdowns. He was named to three Pro Bowl teams. In 2009, the Chargers organization named him one of their fifty greatest players of all time.