ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that former Chargers star running back Chuck Muncie has passed away.
According to Schefter, Muncie died of a heart attack.
Muncie played for the Bolts from 1980 to 1984, when drug problems forced him into retirement. Muncie went on to spend 18 months in a federal California prison for cocaine distribution.
After prison, he turned his life around and founded the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation in 1997. The Southern California-based foundation offers youths several services, including mentoring, camps, tattoo removal, school
assistance and job training.
"Everything I did and everything I went through in my life has allowed me to do the things I'm doing now," Muncie told the Los Angeles Times in a 2008 interview. "I've been able to tell these guys, `Been there, done that, and if you keep doing these things, this is what's going to happen."
Muncie also played for the New Orleans Saints before coming to San Diego.
Muncie was a star in UC Berkeley's football team, breaking six records and was a candidate for the Heinsman Trophy. He was also the only Cal athlete to be in the cover of Sports Illustrated and was the No. 1 draft pick in 1976.
Check out some You Tube clips of Muncie during his NFL career and his time at Cal:
1975 Cal Football Season Review 1
Mobile video: http://youtu.be/okG2HkKT2_c
1975 Cal Football Season Review 2
Mobile video: http://youtu.be/a-aujaRNL0A
1983 Chargers at Giants Chuck Muncie TD
Mobile video: http://youtu.be/ZXF9T24UKQ0
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