NFL running back Chuck Muncie has passed away at the age of 60 from a heart attack, the New Orleans Saints said Tuesday.
“Sadly, we have learned of the untimely passing of Chuck Muncie,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and other loved ones at this difficult time.” Muncie, who spent time in the NFL playing for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, was a three-time Pro Bowler who rushed for 6,702 yards and 71 rushing touchdowns in 110 career games.
He was suspended after the first week of the 1984 season for having cocaine in his system, and was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 1985 after being reinstated from his suspension. He found himself in hot water again in 1989 after he was caught and sentenced to prison for 18 months for selling cocaine. He managed to get his life around and worked with children and people who were battling their own drug demons.