SI: One of the things you said when you got injured was, "When I come back, I'm going to be myself. No more of that staying in the pocket when I should be scrambling." Were you in any way blaming [head coach] Rich Kotite?
RC: No, not at all. How can you blame the coach? He didn't tell somebody to go run into my knee. What I meant was—people have compared me to [Joe] Montana, who sits in the pocket and throws a two-yard slant or whatever, and it sort of put a complex on me. Like, maybe I should stay in the pocket and try to play like Montana? But Randall Cunningham and Montana are two different people. So when I said no more staying in the pocket, I was basically saying I've gotten over trying to be someone I'm not. Playing my style of football, moving around and making things happen, is the way that I'm going to play.
SI: People have said that being injured makes them feel alienated from the team.
RC: Yeah, you do feel alienated. It's like, What use am I to the football team now? I went to California and I was rehabbing, and I couldn't watch the games. When you're injured you start thinking about, Well, maybe they don't need me. It's not the players' fault or the coaches' fault, it's just that you think, I'm no use to the football team.
SI: Here in Philadelphia, do you come into the training room when everyone else is here, or do you try to avoid people?
RC: I come in at 9 or 10 o'clock every day and do exactly the same thing, most of the time, work on my upper body. No one's here, so nobody ever sees what I'm doing. They might think, Ahhh, Randall's got it easy, he doesn't do anything. But when they're on the field, I'm in here working out. I get a good solid four-hour workout a day, for my knee, my right leg and my upper body. I take one day off a week.
SI: Do you think you've been misunderstood by your teammates?
RC: I don't think I'm misunderstood by my teammates any longer. Maybe at one point in time there were one or two frustrated guys who misunderstood me. Maybe they didn't take time to get to know me as a person. But in life you must take advantage of getting to know somebody before you judge them. I don't ever want to judge people.
SI: Being black, do you ever feel you're not as beloved a person as a Montana, a Boomer Esiason, a John Elway, a Jim Kelly?
RC: I don't even want to get into the black issue. I can sit here and be very controversial, but that's not me. I don't like talking black and white. It's unnecessary. We know what color we are, and the only people that worry about black and white are prejudiced people. I'm not a prejudiced person. I've got a lot of fans that are on my side. I don't want to get racial. Even when my career's over, I won't jump into the black/white issue, saying, "Oh, my career's over, now I can talk about how I feel." It's just something that I believe. If you don't talk about it, maybe it'll slowly go away.