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Former Colt Munsey Dies of Heart Disease

A former Colt from the 1970’s has died, as Nelson Munsey, who played six seasons for the Colts in the 1970s, has died of heart disease. He was 61.

The Anderson-Ragsdale mortuary confirmed the death on Wednesday. It was first reported by The Herald-Standard of Uniontown, Pa., on Monday.

A cornerback for the Colts from 1972-77, Munsey had seven interceptions in his final three seasons. In 1975, he started all 14 games for Baltimore, helping the Colts win the AFC East Division before losing to Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

In the final game of the regular season that year, Munsey picked off a pass by New England’s Steve Grogan and returned it 30 yards to seal the Colts’ 34-21 win.

Born July 2, 1948, Munsey played for Uniontown Area High School before going to the University of Wyoming. He wasn’t drafted, but signed with the Colts as a free agent in 1972.

Munsey’s younger brother, Chuck Muncie, was a star running back in the NFL and finished second to Archie Griffin in Heisman Trophy voting in 1975. Muncie played nine seasons for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.

Munsey is also survived by sister Patricia Munsey Russell, ex-wife Vivian Seaborne Munsey, and son Morgan M. Munsey

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Anderson-Ragsdale.

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