Former NFL punter Max Runager dies at 61

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Former NFL punter Max Runager has died, the 49ers announced Sunday. He was 61.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg (S.C.) reported he was found dead Friday in his car in a parking lot in South Carolina, but no foul play is suspected.

Runager played 11 NFL seasons, with three teams. An eighth-round pick of the Eagles in 1979, he spent five seasons in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco. He was on the 49ers’ 1984 championship team. Runager played 13 games with Cleveland in 1988 before returning to the Eagles in 1989 for four games, finishing his career.

He had 661 career punts and a 40.2 yards per punt average.

Runager was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is survived by his parents, Geb and Nancy Runager, and his three sons, Kolby, Kramer and Tyler. He also is survived by three brothers and one sister, Mike Pat, Clark and Jane.

4 responses to “Former NFL punter Max Runager dies at 61

  1. This guy was a great punter throughout the 80’s, probably one of the most well known punters from that decade, along with Ray Guy, Craig Colquitt and Reggie Roby.
    Condolences to his family.

  2. Max came to my Junior High in the spring of 1981 and gave a “drugs are bad” talk.

    When it was time for the q&a, one of us asked “why did you lose the Super Bowl?”

    His answer: a look of total disbelief, hands on hips, shaking head, and…”I don’t know, kid…we just got whupped! Sometimes, you show up and do everything you’re supposed to, and nothing goes right. Ever have one of those days? We tried real hard. I hope you understand that answer.”

    You could’ve heard a pin drop. There were no further questions and we all gave him a standing ovation.

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