Former Eagles punter Max Runager: Local hero's life, lonely death

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 08:19:24 PM. He was a star in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C. He was a fan favorite in Philadelphia and a Super Bowl champion with the 49ers. But when he lost football, everything changed.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Around 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Dennis Brothers, a general supervisor in the Orangeburg Parks & Recreation Department, was surveying the area around the city’s Edisto Memorial Gardens when he noticed a black Honda Accord idling on a sloped strip of grass near a parking lot entrance. Unaware that the man behind the wheel was either dying or already dead, Brothers thought that the driver had backed up too far and would soon exit the lot. A half-hour later, curious, he returned to check if the car was still there. It was. More Eagles coverage ESPN writer revisits Doug Pederson criticism, but ex-NFL executive not backing away Staley gave Eagles the confidence to make the Ajayi trade Eagles QB coach DeFilippo finds working with Wentz enjoyable Eagles tops on NFL power rankings, but one Pro Bowler thinks Cowboys are better Inside was Max Runager, 61 years old, the punter on the Eagles’ 1980-81 Super Bowl team, a Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers four years later, a veteran of 11 NFL seasons, a local hero here for his athletic accomplishments. He was 6-foot-1, his light brown hair graying, and a lumpy 220 pounds — 30 pounds heavier than he had been during his playing career. He wore a Citizen watch with a brown leather strap. His wallet, buried in his left rear pocket, contained his driver’s license and nine dollars. The car was in reverse, the engine still running. In the front were a bank statement, an insurance bill, and a check...Read more
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