Former Saints running back Chuck Muncie died of a heart attack at the age of 60.Muncie was the Saints’ first round draft pick in 1976 out of the University of California. Muncie was part of the Saints’ first-ever 8-8 season in 1979. He became the first Saints running back to have a 1000+ yard season that same year, and he earned his first All-Pro selection. He is regarded as one of the best players in Saints history, but his time with the club was marred by his drug problem. Muncie was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1980. He was selected twice more for the All-Pro team while with the Chargers.
In 1984, Muncie was suspended for cocaine use. He later was sentenced to jail time for selling cocaine. Upon release, Muncie managed to use his personal experience to help others. He established the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation in 1997 to help at-risk youth. The tattoo removal was a major part of the work of the Foundation. This service may seem a little blasé, but the tattoo removal service was highly regarded. Among those who benefited from the program were former gang members. In return for each tattoo removal session, participants were required to volunteer time in the community.
Muncie has been nominated for the Saints Hall of Fame, but he is not (yet) enshrined there.