Chuck Muncie played college football for the University of California and became one of the best running backs in the NFL during the late 1970s and early 1980s as a member of both the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers. Muncie was drafted with the third overall pick of the first round in the 1976 NFL Draft by New Orleans and immediately made an impact on the team and the league as a whole. After four full seasons with the Saints, Muncie was traded in the middle of the 1980 season to the Chargers where he would finish that season and play four more before retiring. Over the course of his career, as a sign of his exceptional running ability, he would be selected to play in three Pro Bowls.
Chuck Muncie would be one of the early star players for the New Orleans Saints. Early on he proved himself to in addition to being a quality running back, also being quite adept at pass receiving also. He would only lead the league in one major rushing category during his career and that was rushing touchdowns when he scored 19 of them in 1981, his first full season with the Chargers. Chuck Muncie would have just two 1,000 yard seasons during his career, the first coming in 1979 which was his last full season in New Orleans, and the second coming in 1981 which was his first full season in San Diego. He would average a very respectable 4.3 yards per carry over the course of his career and retire with 6,702 career rushing yards. Sadly, Chuck Muncie would fall victim to his own addiction to cocaine near the end of his career, even at one point spending eighteen months in prison on drug charges, before emerging from this lifestyle and turning himself into a highly respected drug counselor and mentor.
Some interesting facts about Chuck Muncie:
-Chuck Muncie would be the first 1,000 yard rusher that the New Orleans Saints would ever have when he gained 1,198 yards in 1979.
-Chuck Muncie finished his career with a passing record of four completions in seven attempts. All four of his completed passes went for touchdowns.
-Archie Griffin, Ohio State’s legendary running back, won the Heisman Trophy twice. When he won the award in 1975, it was Chuck Muncie who he beat out for the award.
-Chuck Muncie originally went to college on a basketball scholarship before eventually switching to football.
-During his nine year career, Chuck Muncie wore three different jersey numbers; 42,46, and 48.