Max Runager
No. 4
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born:(1956-03-24)March 24, 1956
Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.
Died:June 30, 2017(2017-06-30) (aged 61)
Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL draft:1979 / Round: 8 / Pick: 211
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts:661
Punt yards:26,581
Longest punt:64
Player stats at PFR

Max Culp Runager (March 24, 1956 – June 30, 2017) was a professional American football punter in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Cleveland Browns. A graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School,[1] Runager played college football at the University of South Carolina. He punted for two Super Bowl teams, the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1984.[2]

Runager is one of at least 345 NFL players to be diagnosed after death with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated hits to the head.[3][4]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Punting
GP Punts Yds Net Yds Lng Avg Net Avg Blk Ins20 TB
1979 PHI 16 74 2,927 2,607 57 39.6 34.8 1 13 6
1980 PHI 16 75 2,947 2,563 58 39.3 33.7 1 16 8
1981 PHI 15 63 2,567 2,201 64 40.7 34.9 0 18 6
1982 PHI 9 44 1,784 1,448 53 40.5 32.9 0 8 1
1983 PHI 12 59 2,459 2,020 55 41.7 34.2 0 12 5
1984 SFO 14 56 2,341 1,925 59 41.8 33.8 1 18 12
1985 SFO 16 86 3,422 2,948 57 39.8 33.9 1 30 9
1986 SFO 16 83 3,450 2,917 62 41.6 34.3 2 23 8
1987 SFO 12 55 2,157 1,850 56 39.2 33.0 1 14 7
1988 SFO 1 1 24 24 24 24.0 24.0 0 0 0
CLE 13 48 1,935 1,694 52 40.3 33.9 2 13 2
1989 PHI 4 17 568 518 52 33.4 30.5 0 5 1
Career 144 661 26,581 22,715 64 40.2 33.9 9 170 65

Playoffs

Year Team Punting
GP Punts Yds Net Yds Lng Avg Net Avg Blk Ins20 TB
1979 PHI 2 9 383 330 52 42.6 36.7 0 2 1
1980 PHI 3 11 382 339 46 34.7 30.8 0 2 1
1981 PHI 1 7 297 256 47 42.4 36.6 0 0 0
1984 SFO 3 11 425 376 48 38.6 34.2 0 3 0
1985 SFO 1 6 228 179 46 38.0 29.8 0 1 1
1986 SFO 1 10 400 343 49 40.0 34.3 0 3 0
1987 SFO 1 6 245 216 49 40.8 36.0 0 1 0
1988 CLE 1 3 106 106 43 35.3 35.3 0 3 0
Career 13 63 2,466 2,145 52 39.1 34.0 0 15 3

References

  1. ^ Sielski, Mike (November 18, 2017). "Hero's life, lonely death: Max Runager suffered because he no longer had football". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  2. ^ Sielski, Mike (November 8, 2017). "Former Eagles punter Max Runager: Local hero's life, lonely death". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "The driving force behind Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)". Concussion Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on July 2, 2023. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  4. ^ Belson, Ken; Mueller, Benjamin (June 20, 2023). "Collective Force of Head Hits, Not Just the Number of Them, Increases Odds of C.T.E. The largest study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy to date found that the cumulative force of head hits absorbed by players in their careers is the best predictor of future brain disease". The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2023.