May 14, 2013

The greatest?

Chuck Muncie passed today.  (link)

I talked once with a guy who played against him in both college and the pros.  He said: reputation and numbers aside, Muncie was the best back he ever played against.


Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

There was a pretty good RB that played during the same years as Muncie: Walter Payton. Heard of him?

May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

Other: Yeti - Subgenius hybrid.

I'm sorely tempted to put this when I'm allowed to "self identify"

May 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

This guy didn't mention Payton, so I assume he was pretty easy to tackle.

May 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

In all seriousness, Muncie was a freak by the standards of the time. Payton was listed at 5-10 / 200...Muncie was 6-3 / 225 and probably as fast as Walter. He had one game in college (Cal-Stanford '75) where he scored five touchdowns: three rushing, one receiving, and one throwing.

He developed a knees-high running style so that if you wanted to tackle him head-on you would basically get several hard knees to the face in the process.

In the pros, well...Archie Manning on his time with the Saints:

He could have been one of the all-time greats. He was that big and that fast... [But] he basically slept through every meeting. We’d break the huddle and I would just time it where I walked by him and told him exactly what he was going to do. I don’t know what he was doing during the week, but he wasn’t thinking about football.

Our loss.

May 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM  

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