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Encyclopedia > Randall Cunningham
Randall Cunningham
Date of birth March 27, 1963 (1963-03-27) (age 44)
Place of birth Flag of United States Santa Barbara, California
Height ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg)
Position(s) Quarterback
College UNLV
NFL Draft 1985 / Round 2/ Pick 37
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999
Awards 1998 Bert Bell Award,
1992 NFL Comeback P.O.Y.,
1990 PFWA NFL MVP,
1990 UPI Offensive P.O.Y.,
1990 Bert Bell Award
1988 Pro Bowl MVP,
1988 Bert Bell Award
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1985-1995
1997-1999
2000
2001
Philadelphia Eagles
Minnesota Vikings
Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens
For former United States Representative Randall "Duke" Cunningham, see Duke Cunningham.

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After attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he was selected in the second round of the 1985 draft by Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he remained through the 1995 season. During the latter years his relations with Ray Rhodes, then the Eagles' head coach, became strained, and he announced his retirement from football following the end of that season, taking a job as an analyst for TNT in 1996 . The following year, however, he resumed his playing career, with the Minnesota Vikings from 1997 through 1999 , the Dallas Cowboys in 2000 , and the Baltimore Ravens in 2001 , before re-signing with the Philadelphia Eagles and retiring for good in 2002 . He won the NFL MVP award in 1990, the height of the 'Ultimate Weapon' stories, and again after his comeback with Minnesota in 1998. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Raymond Earl Rhodes (born October 20, 1950, in Mexia, Texas) is the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. ... Turner Broadcasting logo Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner), based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Robert Edward Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Ravens League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens (1996–present) Championships... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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High School Years

Cunningham attended Santa Barbara High School. As a senior, he led his team to a League title and the CIF Finals.


NFL career

Philadelphia Eagles

Cunningham was the Eagles second-round pick in 1985 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played sparingly as a backup to veteran Ron Jaworski but made a big splash with his uncanny scrambling ability, though he completed just 34 percent of his passes and threw just one touchdown against eight interceptions. In 1986, new head coach Buddy Ryan arrived in Philadelphia and made wholesale changes, many of them unorthodox. At the quarterback position, Ryan designated 35-year-old Ron Jaworski the starter but would replace the aging veteran with the fleet-footed Cunningham in third-and-long situations where the youngster’s scrambling would presumably put the defense on its heels. After a hand injury to Jaworski in week 10, Cunningham would replace him as the Eagles’ starter. Cunningham was permanently handed the Eagles' starting job for the 1987 season. Cunningham was said to have reached "elite" status during the 1988 season, when he threw for 407 yards during the "Fog Bowl" playoff game against the Chicago Bears. The 1985 NFL Draft Round 1 External links 1985 NFL Draft Categories: | ... Ronald Vincent Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football player and currently an NFL analyst on ESPN. // In the spring of 1977, Jaworski was traded by the Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles for former All-Pro tight end Charle Young; the trade... Buddy Ryan (born James David Ryan on February 17, 1934) is a former American football coach. ... The Fog Bowl was the name given to the December 31, 1988 NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National...


Cunningham would occasionally exhibit sensational feats of athleticism, perhaps most notably in a 1988 game on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. Linebacker Carl Banks torpedoed in and crunched the Eagles quarterback at the midriff for a seemingly sure tackle. Cunningham managed to twist his body in midair, put a hand down for balance while parallel to the ground, regain his footing, and pass to tight end Jimmie Giles for a touchdown. The following season, Cunningham uncorked a 91-yard punt, aided by a strong Meadowlands wind, on third down to clinch a key game against the Giants. The Giants backpedaling defense was unprepared for the punt, allowing it to bounce for more than 24 yards after it traveled 67 yards through the air.[1] As of 2006, it is the fourth-longest punt in NFL history. Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Carl Banks (Born August 29, 1962) was a former National Football League linebacker who played for three teams from 1984 to 1995, the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. ... Jimmie Giles (born November 8, 1954 in Natchez, Mississippi), was a former American professional football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 3rd round of the 1977 NFL Draft. ...


Another highlight staple was in a 1990 game against the Buffalo Bills, when Cunningham, throwing from his end zone, was about to be engulfed from the blind side by Bruce Smith. Cunningham ducked under the flying tackle and heaved a pass 60 yards into the wind while off-balance on his back foot to wide-receiver Fred Barnett, resulting in an unforgettable 95-yard touchdown.[2] That same year, Cunningham finished with 942 rushing yards, 3rd most ever for a quarterback, 10th best in the league. This nearly made him the first quarterback to both run and pass for 1,000 yards in a season (which Michael Vick accomplished in 2006). Cunningham also reached another notable milestone: 30 passing touchdowns and 942 yards rushing. City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Bruce Smith (b. ... Fred Barnett (b. ...


Minnesota Vikings

Cunningham joined the Vikings in 1997 after being out of football in 1996. There he reunited with former Eagles wide receiver Cris Carter. In his first year with the Vikings, he orchestrated two late touchdown drives to defeat the New York Giants in an NFC Wild Card game at Giants Stadium. Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a retired American football player. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // Wild Card playoffs December 27, 1997 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 23, New York Giants 22 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 pm EST Game weather: 46 °F (Rain and snow) TV announcers... Giants Stadium, also called The Meadowlands, is the home stadium for the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL football teams, and Red Bull New York (formerly MetroStars) of Major League Soccer. ...


Cunningham's greatest season in Minnesota and his career, was during the 1998 campaign when he guided the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season record (tied for NFL best ever since the 16 season was initiated) with 34 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions. Cunningham led the league with a 106.0 passer rating while the Vikings posted an NFL-record 556 points all season. The Vikings cruised through the playoffs for the most part, until the NFC title game against the Atlanta Falcons, when they lost 30-27 in overtime. Cunningham had a good supporting cast that year, with All-Pro veteran receiver Cris Carter and rookie phenom Randy Moss also at receiver. City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a retired American football player. ... Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ...


In his final 10 NFL seasons, Cunningham played in only 80 games, but finished his 16-year career completing 2,429 of his 4,289 attempts for 29,997 yards and 204 touchdowns, with 134 interceptions. He also rushed for 4,928 yards on 775 carries and 35 touchdowns. He retired after the 2001 season as the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards and carries for the quarterback position and tied for fourth with Steve Grogan and Tobin Rote in rushing touchdowns by a QB. Cunningham also averaged 30.6 rushing yards per game during his career -- second most all-time for quarterbacks, behind Michael Vick. Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ... Tobin Rote (January 18, 1928 - June 27, 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the NFLs Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts, and the American Football Leagues San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. ... Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ...


After retirement

After retirement, Cunningham returned to UNLV to finish his college degree. Cunningham has also been active in the music business since his retirement from the NFL by opening a recording studio and producing a musical group. Cunningham, a born again Christian, became an ordained Protestant minister and founded a church called The Cupbearer in Las Vegas in 2004 . [3] Born again Cristian: A person who has renewed their christian faith ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... In most Protestant churches, a minister is a member of the ordained clergy who leads a congregation or participates in a role in a parachurch ministry; such a person may also be called a Pastor, Preacher, Bishop, Chaplain or Elder. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...


Legacy

Cunningham arguably falls into the same genre as Barry Sanders. Despite winning numerous awards and competing against the best of their era statistically, the two never had the quality coaching or supporting cast of players offensively to win a Super Bowl throughout most of their career. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


Doug Scovil, the quarterbacks coach credited with developing Randall Cunningham into the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, died in December of 1989.[4] Fred Bruney 1-0-0 (1.000) was Cunningham's only head coach in Philadelphia who finished with an above .500 all time head coaching record in the regular season. Cunningham's head coach to date with the best winning percentage is Brian Billick 75-53 (0.586). Billick was Cunningham's head coach in Baltimore during the 2001-02 season. Billick was also Cunningham's offensive coordinator in Minnesota while the late Chip Myers [5] served as Minnesota's quarterbacks coach during the 1998-99 season.


None of Randall Cunningham's offensive lineman made the Pro Bowl during his tenure in Philadelphia. Jerry Seismore was the last Philadelphia Eagles offensive linemen to make the Pro Bowl (1981-82 season) until William Thomas formerly Tra Thomas (2002-2003 season).[6] While Cunningham was an Eagle, other quarterbacks who were recipients of the NFL MVP/Player of the Year Awards (Boomer Esiason, Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Brett Favre) had offensive linemen who made the Pro Bowl while they served as quarterback for their respective teams. Former Eagles offensive guard Mike Schad stated,"Buddy always said we were two offensive linemen away from winning a Super Bowl." [7] Former Eagles tight end Keith Jackson stated,"Buddy always said that we were two offensive linemen away from dominating and winning a Super Bowl because you have to keep the quarterback healthy," [8] Former Minnesota Vikings Randall McDaniel, Todd Steussie, and Jeff Christy would be Cunningham's first Pro Bowl offensive linemen.


Despite his fame as a Super Bowl quarterback from the Chicago Bears, Jim McMahon was unable to lead the Eagles to a playoff victory when he replaced Randall for a few plays in a playoff game against the Washington Redskins during the 1990-91. When Randall Cunningham was lost for the 1991-92 season, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs despite having the number one defense in total yards. Once again when Cunningham was hurt during the 1993-94 season, the Philadelphia Eagles failed to make the playoffs.


To date NFC East teams have a combined 18 Super Bowl appearances and combined 10 wins, which is the most out of any division in the NFL. During Cunningham's 11 seasons in Philadelphia, NFC East teams won 7 Super Bowls.


Prior to Cunningham’s arrival in the NFL, the idea that African Americans could succeed at the quarterback position was questioned by some head coaches around the league. The late career success of Doug Williams, the amazing but unlauded play of Joe Gilliam, and sparing play of James Harris not withstanding, Randall Cunningham and Warren Moon were the first black men to lead consistently from the quarterback position. Randall’s athleticism and coach Buddy Ryan’s understanding of what kind of pressure a game-breaker like Cunningham could put on a defense, proved that a scrambler could not just survive but thrive. His success brought about the revolution of the so-called running quarterback to the modern era NFL and paved the way for players such as Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Vince Young. [9]


Trivia

  • Cunningham's older brother, Sam Cunningham, was a Pro Bowl running back for the New England Patriots and a part of a USC Trojan team that steamrolled the Alabama Crimson Tide 42-21 on September 12, 1970, helping to integrate Southern college football. Jerry Claiborne was later quoted as saying, "Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years." A mere three years later, over a third of the previously all-white Alabama team was African-American and Alabama became national champions for the ninth time, due largely to the influx of African-American talent on the team.
  • Cunningham won a cult following after his "non-appearance" in the 1991 Nintendo Entertainment System video game, Tecmo Super Bowl. Since Cunningham was not a member of NFL Player's Association marketing agreement, his name was replaced with QB Eagles.
  • Cunningham is a player on the NFL Legends team in the video game NFL Street 2 and is the fastest quarterback in the game.
  • As an underclassman at UNLV, one of Cunningham's fellow QBs there was current ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne.
  • Cunningham is Buddy Ryan's only starting quarterback to make the playoffs during Ryan's head coaching career. Steve Beuerlein, Jim McMahon, Jay Schroeder, Mike Buck, Stoney Case, and Dave Krieg have played quarterback for Head Coach Buddy Ryan.
  • Cunningham was Dennis Green's first starting quarterback to win a post season game. Green had previously started Jim McMahon, Warren Moon, and Brad Johnson.
  • In addition to Dan Marino and Jake Plummer, Cunningham has won the NFL's Quarterback Challenge twice: 1994 and 1995.
  • Used to date Whitney Houston, it is rumoured that "Didn't We Almost Have It All" was written about their relationship.

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Preceded by
Jim McMahon
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
1992
Succeeded by
Marcus Allen
Preceded by
Ron Jaworski
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Quarterbacks
1986-1995
Succeeded by
Rodney Peete

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Randall Cunningham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1116 words)
Randall Cunningham (born March 27, 1963 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former American football player, at the position of quarterback.
Cunningham was voted to his fourth Pro Bowl, and Minnesota dominated the league, before falling to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game.
Cunningham's older brother, Sam Cunningham, was a long-time Pro Bowl running back for the New England Patriots and a part of a USC Trojan team that steamrolled the Alabama Crimson Tide 42-21 on September 12, 1970, helping to integrate Southern college football.
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