Randall Cunningham gained’t be a part of the Tremendous Bowl LII ceremonies, however the former Eagles nice believes he and his brother needs to be.
Cunningham’s household, after all, has one of many extra vested twin pursuits in Sunday’s title sport between Philadelphia and New England. He spent 11 of his 16 NFL seasons as a three-time Professional Bowl quarterback with the Eagles, after his older brother Sam (Bam) Cunningham spent 9 productive seasons (5,453 speeding yards) as a fullback with the Patriots from 1973 to ’82.
Whereas each brothers have been enshrined of their respective crew’s Ring of Honor, Randall Cunningham indicated the NFL wasn’t all for having them take part within the Tremendous Bowl LII festivities in Minnesota, the place he additionally performed for 3 seasons.
“My daughter took an image of us, Sam in his Patriots hat and I needed to seize one thing inexperienced as a result of I didn’t have any inexperienced on,” Cunningham mentioned. “They retired each of our jerseys previously, so it was shocking. I referred to as them and advised them if you’d like us to be honorary captains, we’d be glad to do it.”
The Tremendous Bowl isn’t the one main sporting occasion Randall Cunningham is paying shut consideration to this weekend.
The longtime Eagles quarterback is in New York to look at his 20-year-old daughter Vashti Cunningham — a 2016 U.S. Olympian within the excessive soar who says her household is all in on the Eagles — compete Saturday in The Millrose Video games at The Armory.
“I get my pleasure out of this now. I’ve had my time, so it’s a pleasure watching her doing her factor,” Randall Cunningham advised the Day by day Information on Friday morning on the New York Highway Runners Run Heart in midtown. “(The Summer season Video games in) Rio, the world championships, it’s all been such a blessing for our household.”
Randall really got here closest to reaching a Tremendous Bowl with the Vikings, who went 15-1 within the 1998 common season solely to lose in extra time to Atlanta within the NFC Championship Sport.
The previous UNLV star, now 54, has served as a pastor for the previous dozen years at Remnant Ministries, a nondenominational church in Las Vegas. He famous the October 1 capturing bloodbath at a live performance on the Mandalay Bay on line casino final 12 months that killed 58 individuals was heartbreaking to him and his congregation.
“We had been sitting in our home and we simply saved listening to ambulances and my spouse (Felicity) turned on the TV and every little thing was simply loopy,” Cunningham mentioned. “We’ve ministered to numerous the individuals, doing no matter we might do.”
In line with the Las Vegas Overview-Journal, Cunningham not less than just lately was capable of joke to his congregation to “soar on the bandwagon now and lift your fingers. We’re all Eagles followers proper now.”
Cunningham praised Philly quarterback Nick Foles, who stepped in to a beginning position following a late-season damage to star QB Carson Wentz, posting playoff wins over Atlanta and Minnesota to succeed in Sunday’s matchup with legendary New England sign caller Tom Brady.
“I feel he’s been doing a fantastic job. Wentz is a good participant, however I’m not shocked by what Nick Foles has carried out. It jogs my memory of the Giants with (Jeff) Hostetler and (Phil) Simms,” Cunningham mentioned, referring to when Hostetler equally crammed in late within the 1990 season and lead Huge Blue to victory in Tremendous Bowl XXV. “So, after all I’m placing all of my confidence within the Eagles.
“I don’t know why they didn’t win all of it after I was there, perhaps it was the quarterback. However I consider whoever has the ball on the finish on Sunday goes to win.”