Former Gamecock punter Runager dies

Former Gamecock punter Runager dies
Max Runager (Source: Dukes Harley Funeral Home)
Max Runager (Source: Dukes Harley Funeral Home)

A former Gamecock and pro football player has passed away.

Max Runager, a former Gamecock punter, died Friday.

Runager, of Orangeburg, played at the University of South Carolina from 1974-1978 and was voted to Carolina's all-time team in 1992.  He starred at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

Runager spent 10 years in the NFL in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Cleveland. He punted for two Super Bowl teams during his career: the Eagles in 1980 and the 49ers in 1984.

He was 61 years old.

A memorial service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Dukes Harley Funeral Home Chapel in Orangeburg.

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

Runager's bio from the University of South Carolina Athletics:

Arguably the best punter in Carolina football history, Max Runager was a three-year starter and team captain in 1978. The strong-legged punter is tied for fourth in school history with a career punting average of 41.1 yards and was selected as the punter on South Carolina's all-time modern era team. Runager was selected to play in the Canadian-American Bowl following his senior season and then was an eighth round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1979 NFL draft. He spent 11 years in the National Football League with the Eagles, 49ers and Browns and he punted for two Super Bowl teams, the 1980 Eagles and the 1984 49ers. Runager was elected to the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

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