Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure.
Muncie was the Saints’ first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 4½ seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career.
In 1979, Muncie became the first Saint to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,198 and 11 touchdowns, and his 1,506 total yards from scrimmage earned him the first of his three Pro Bowl selections.
From the sports crime blotter comes news that that Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith has been sentenced to six years of prison time for drug possession and weapons cgarges. He will serve the stretch in Mississippi.
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ website, Smith entered the prison system in late March and was recently moved to a facility in Yazoo City. WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., first reported Smith’s sentence. His tentative release date is listed as Nov. 8, 2018.
Smith, 44, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, played 13 seasons, including 11 for the Jaguars. He became the franchise’s all-time leading receiver before his retirement in 2005.