Former USC & NFL Punter Max Runager's Death Was Accidental

On Oct. 24, 2015, Max Runager was part of a celebration of his Super Bowl appearances at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. The halftime ceremony was part of a nationwide initiative by the NFL to honor the legacy of players who competed in previous Super B

ORANGEBURG, SC (WLTX) - The Orangeburg County Coroner's Office released the cause of death for former USC & NFL punter Max Runager Wednesday afternoon. 

Runager, who died on Friday, June 17 in Orangeburg, died from a blood clot resulting from a recent injury, according to Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle. The death has been ruled accidental.

Max Runager, a former USC punter who played 11 years in the NFL, passed away last week at the age of 61.

Runager was a graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and went on to a stellar career at USC from 1974-78. He was taken in the eighth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played on two Super Bowl Teams - the 1980 Eagles and the 1984 49ers who won Super Bowl XIX with a 38-16 victory over the Dolphins. He also punted for the Cleveland Browns.

Runager received several awards long after his playing career ended. He was a 2007 inductee into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, a 2013 inductee into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame and an SEC Football Legends pick also in 2013.

 

In addition to Runager's accomplishments on the field, he had tremendous pride in being a native of Orangeburg, which is where he had lived for the past couple of years. 

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