Cunningham is in the first year of a three-year, $4 million contract, and he has his spendthrift moments. For example, he is clearly over-carred. He owns a $40,000 Lincoln Continental limo, a $38,000 Mercedes and a $30,000 Porsche, not to mention a Bronco that was given to him. On the other hand, he invests his money primarily in jumbo ($100,000 each) certificates of deposit.
"I am not a risky guy," he says. He recently purchased a $350,000 home in Cherry Hill, N.J. It's modest, given his net worth. Problem is, because he commands about $2,500 for a one-hour appearance and figures his off-the-field income is about $200,000 a year, sometimes he gets the notion that he has too much money. Which prompts Cunningham to say, "We'll see what happens. I might retire after next season."
Surely he says that to rattle the Eagles' roost. But who knows? He points out that $1.8 mill drawing 8% interest produces about $140,000 a year. Says Cunningham, "If you can't live on $140,000 a year, your expenses are too high." Seems that having been sacked 198 times in his pro career has knocked some sense into him.
Cunningham doesn't like to discuss the black-quarterback issue, saying that a lot of people, black and white, have helped him. But he laughs when the talk turns to nicknames. "I kind of like Ranbo," he says, "but that easily could become Sambo." He prefers Rocket.
Just now he has Philadelphia in a final countdown for the playoffs.