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 observe his 20-year-old daughter Vashti Cunningham — a 2016 U.S. Olympian within the excessive leap — compete on 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 instructed the Each day Information on Friday morning on the New York Highway Runners Run Middle in Midtown. “(The Summer season Video games in) Rio, the world championships, it’s all been such a blessing for our household.”
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 Cunningham beforehand had spent 9 productive seasons (5,453 dashing yards) as a fullback with the Patriots.
“We’re all supporting the Eagles,” Vashti Cunningham insisted with a smile throughout Friday’s press convention.
Whereas each brothers have been enshrined of their respective group’s Ring of Honor, Randall Cunningham indicated the NFL wasn’t excited by 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 prior to now, so it was shocking. I referred to as them and instructed them in order for you us to be honorary captains, we’d be glad to do it.”
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 additional time to Atlanta within the NFC Championship Recreation.
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 capturing bloodbath at a live performance on the Mandalay Bay on line casino was “so robust” for his congregation.
“We had been sitting in our home and we simply stored listening to ambulances and my spouse (Felicity) turned on the TV and all the pieces was simply loopy,” Cunningham mentioned. “We’ve ministered to a whole lot of the individuals, doing no matter we might do.”
In accordance with the Las Vegas Assessment-Journal, Cunningham no less than not too long ago was in a position to joke to his congregation to “leap 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 function following a late-season harm 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 believe he’s been doing an awesome job. Wentz is a good participant, however I’m not shocked by what Nick Foles has accomplished. It jogs my memory of the Giants with (Jeff) Hostetler and (Phil) Simms,” Cunningham mentioned, referring to Hostetler equally filling in late within the 1990 season and main 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 once I was there, perhaps it was the quarterback. However I imagine whoever has the ball on the finish on Sunday goes to win.”