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Encyclopedia > Sam Cunningham
Sam Cunningham
Date of birth August 15, 1950
Place of birth Santa Barbara, California
Position(s) FB
College Southern California
NFL Draft 1973 / Round 1 / Pick 11
Pro Bowls 1
Statistics
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Team(s)
1973-1982 New England Patriots

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College career

He was a USC All-American fullback in the 1970's whose performance led his team to beat an all-white University of Alabama 42-21 at Birmingham on September 12, 1970 in a primetime matchup and convinced (through his play) Bear Bryant to integrate Southern football. Like most great athletes of that era, he somehow managed to avoid military service in Vietnam. Bear Bryant allegedly brought Cunningham into the all-white Alabama locker room after the game and said "This is what a football player looks like." The story has been well researched, however, and does not seem to be true. Cunningham himself has even stated publicly that he has no recollection of the event and that he only heard about the story second-hand. Even so, his performance in the game was incredible and it cannot be denied that his dominance against Alabama was an important moment. Jerry Claiborne, a Bryant assistant, said, "Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years." The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... Nickname: The Magic City, Pittsburgh of the South, BHam, The Ham Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area    - City 151. ... Paul William Bear Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football coach. ... Children at a parade in North College Hill, Ohio Racial integration, or simply integration includes desegregation (the process of ending systematic racial segregation). ... Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text here Southern United States The states shown in dark red are usually included in the South, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Southern United States. ... The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, Ph. ...


Professional career

In only his second year 1974, he gained 811 yards and 9 touchdowns as he led the New England Patriots to a surprising 4-0 start before faltering to a 7-7 finish. In 1977 he gained a career high 1,015 yards and scored 4 touchdowns, and also caught 42 receptions for 370 yards and a touchdown. He played his entire career (1973 through 1982) with the Patriots and was a 1978 Pro Bowl selection. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... City Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ...


Cunningham finished his career with 5,453 rushing yards, 210 receptions for 1,905 yards, and 49 touchdowns.


Personal

He was known as "Bam" because of his running style, and is the older brother of NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham. Cunningham is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... For former United States Representative Randall Duke Cunningham, see Duke Cunningham. ... The Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) Fraternity was founded on Friday, November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders of the fraternity were three students: Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman and their first faculty advisor was Ernest Everett Just. ...


He is now retired to a beach community in Southern California and enjoys golfing at the local courses. Southern California Downtown Los Angeles Skyline Southern California, sometimes abbreviated SoCal or colloquially, the Southland, is an informal name for the megalopolis and nearby desert that occupies the southern-most quarter of the U.S. state of California. ...


External links

  • Sam Cunningham Profile at USC Legends
  • Sam Cunningham Profile at Rosebowl Legends

 
 

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