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Randall Cunningham
Jill Lieber
November 25, 1991
The bold Eagle quarterback looks back in wonder at what he has accomplished in the NFL and promises to accomplish more once his knee has healed
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November 25, 1991

Randall Cunningham

The bold Eagle quarterback looks back in wonder at what he has accomplished in the NFL and promises to accomplish more once his knee has healed

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RC: It was ridiculous. Ridiculous. It's media, man. They try to figure out the thing that's going to start controversy. So they wrote that I got Buddy Ryan fired. In the beginning of the season the first thing I said was, we need to get Buddy Ryan's contract done so the players can relax and play football. I kept saying that week after week after week. And [owner] Norman Braman said, "You play football. You can get Buddy's contract done by playing football." We went out and we lost in the playoffs. And Buddy got fired.

SI: Did you have a good relationship with Buddy Ryan?

RC: Yeah, of course.

SI: Did it become strained after this whole thing? I heard that you called him and that it was a hard phone call.

RC: Yeah. I tried to call Buddy, and he didn't have anything to say to me. He was hurt. But I called him to let him know, Hey, I didn't try to get you fired. I didn't say anything to Braman about getting you fired. And he said.... He didn't have anything to say. He said, "Thanks, my friend." And I felt he had a lump in his throat. So that was that.

SI: How would you describe yourself in ways the media haven't?

RC: I'm a very faithful person in what I do, my job. And then, I'm gentle. I'm gentle with people, I'm gentle with animals. I have a gentle personality.

People can get to me, and I'll break down and start feeling sorry for myself. I'm soft-spoken. I'm not controversial. I think that I'm an easygoing guy. I don't want to be loud and obnoxious. I just want to be a smooth guy.

I'm very thoughtful. I think of other people before I think of myself. That was one of my problems, that I was thinking so much and so highly of other people that I was taking myself for granted. Now I'm learning to appreciate myself as much as I appreciate other people.

A lot of people mistake my gentleness for, well...I'm only misunderstood through the media, because they see me as overly sensitive [about things] because I'm so gentle.

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