Former Eagles Punter Max Runager Dead at 61
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles' punter in Super Bowl XV, Max Runager, passed away Friday at the age of 61.
The San Francisco 49ers, who Runager also punted for, confirmed his passing on Sunday, and a South Carolina newspaper reported Runager was found dead in his car in a parking lot in the state but no foul play is suspected.
Runager played 11 seasons in the NFL after being drafted out of South Carolina by the Eagles in the eighth round of the 1979 NFL draft. He spent his first five years in Philadelphia, where he was with the team during its first Super Bowl appearance, a loss to Oakland after the 1980 season. Runager then joined the 49ers where he went on to get a Super Bowl ring for the Bill Walsh-era Niners.
Runager finished his career in Cleveland, amassing 661 career punts and a 40.2 yards-per-punt average.
The last year of his life was tough for Runager, according to his father. He fell from the roof of his parents’ home in December of last year while cleaning it, suffering a cracked vertebra. Runager later suffered a fall while using a walker and fractured a leg.
Like many former NFL players, Runager will be trying to help the sport after his death as his brain will be sent to Boston University to aid in its study into chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former NFL players.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen