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NFL Player Found Dead In Car – But What Is The Cause Of Death?

Max Runager, an NFL Punter from South Carolina and former Hall of Famer, has been found dead in his car. Mr. Runager’s body was located in a car parked in South Carolina’s Edisto Memorial Gardens.

A native of Orangeburg, Mr. Runager played for two Super Bowl teams and punted for several years while playing for the University of South Carolina. In the 1984 season, Mr. Runager surged to popularity when he helped the San Francisco 49ers win the Super Bowl.

When he passed away, Mr. Runager was 61 years old and no foul play is suspected in his death.

After he was drafted from South Carolina, Mr. Runager spent the first 5 years of his professional career playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. After losing the 1980 Super Bowl, Mr. Runager was transferred to San Francisco.

In his first season for the 49ers (15-1), Mr. Runager came out on top of Miami to win the Super Bowl.

Mr. Runager spent 4 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and another 4 seasons with Cleveland. By the end of this distinguished career, the professional football player had an average per-punt of 40.2 yards, ending his career with more than 661 career punts.

Runager first came to the attention of sports managers during his earlier years as a football player, where he played in teams for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and South Carolina University.
In 2007, Runager was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for South Carolina.

This scene would later be repeated when Rungar became one of the few inductees into the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After he received these achievements, SEC Football Legends went on to describe Runager as “arguably the best punter in Carolina football history.”

Tragically, Mr. Runager’s skill as a football player did nothing to protect him from the physical dangers of his sport. During an interview with the Post and Courier, Geb Runager, the football player’s father, admitted that his son had been placed on the NFL’s concussion protocol after a string of neck injuries and concussions.

Following Mr. Runager’s unexpected death, investigators have begun running tests on the former football player’s brain in order to determine the cause of his passing. The most likely cause of death is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease that affects people who have suffered numerous concussions.

CTE is relatively common in the military and amongst boxers, with symptoms that range from mild headaches to full-on breakdowns.
A report from ‘ProtectTheBrain’ suggested that the most common symptoms of CTE were “loss of memory, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression, difficulty with balance, and a gradual onset of dementia.”

Mr. Runager’s three sons, now adults themselves, have not been dissuaded by the death of their father and continue to pursue professional and coaching careers in soccer or football. A funeral and memorial is already being planned and will be attended by hundreds of members of the local community.

Source: Post and Courier
Photo: Philly, The Times and Democrat

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