Former Colts defensive back Munsey dies at 61

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Nelson Munsey, who played six seasons for the Colts in the 1970s, has died of heart disease. He was 61.

The Anderson-Ragsdale mortuary in San Diego 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 to 1977, 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 before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

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

Born July 2, 1948, Munsey played for Uniontown Area High 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.

McNair: The widow of slain former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair says in court documents that her husband left no will and a judge in Nashville, Tenn., has ruled that she will oversee his estate.

Davidson County Probate Judge Randy Kennedy granted Mechelle McNair's request to administer the estate and gave her 60 days to file an inventory of her late husband's assets. She says in court documents that she did not know her late husband's worth, but documents contend it is "of sufficient size to be administered."

Police say McNair was shot to death on July 4 by a girlfriend who later turned the gun on herself.

Mechelle McNair listed herself and her two sons, Tyler and Trenton McNair, as the heirs to the estate. Steve McNair also has two other sons from a previous relationship.

Congress: Pro football players swept across Capitol Hill on Wednesday and asked lawmakers to take a tough look at owners' profits as the two sides prepare to decide how to divide their big pot of TV money and other revenues.

During the lobbying visits, the NFL players' union head urged members of Congress to consider the potential impact of labor strife on retired and disabled players. They could see their benefits cut unless there is a deal soon, executive director DeMaurice Smith said.

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