Notables and Quotables
"I didn't know whether to block or go out to receive, so finally I just said, 'Go, Randall, go!' "—Roger Craig, 49er running back, on his experience at the '89 Pro Bowl.
"This guy wouldn't surprise me if he ran for a 90-yard TD or threw for one."—Sid Gillman, Hall of Fame coach.
"Of the quarterbacks I've coached, he and Roger Staubach are the closest, in ability. I don't think Randall has a weakness."—Doug Scovil, Eagle quarterback coach.
"I'm an impact player Impact. That is what separates guys like me, Michael, Magic and Gretzky from the others. It's a proud feeling."— Randall Cunningham
Q: Who has had the greater impact on football, Randall or his big brother, Sam the Bam Cunningham?
A. Not easy, eh? Sam now 39, is the oldest of the four Cunningham brothers. Then come Anthony, 34, Bruce, 28, and Randall, 26. Sam went to Southern Cal, where he scored four touchdowns in the Rose Bowl and helped the Trojans win the national title in 1972.
In the words of Bear Bryant, " Sam Cunningham did more for integration at Alabama than anyone else, including Martin Luther King." The comment refers to the day Cunningham ran for three touchdowns to lead USC to a 42-21 rout of the Crimson Tide in Birmingham in 1970. The Tide was still all white.
Sam went on to play for the New England Patriots from 1973 to '79 and again in '81 and '82. He remains the Patriots' alltime leading rusher, with 5,453 yards, and their fifth-leading receiver. But in the end his race overshadowed his play. He is mostly remembered for what Bryant said.