This is a personal reflection on how I feel. I will understand if you don't believe how I feel, but I've been meaning to write this for a long, long time.
When I was 7 years old, I remember sitting down with my Grandfather (RIP) and watching the Philadelphia Eagles play on Monday Night Football as they went up against the Buffalo Bills. On this particular evening, I remember seeing something that was not present on football fields all that often in 1990. A gangly wide receiver ran onto the field and stepped into the huddle, until I realized that he was wearing #12 with "Cunningham" on the back and was not a wide receiver.
On that day, I realized that Randall Cunningham was a bad motherf*@#$%...
In that '90 game against the Bills, Cunningham throwing from his end zone, was about to be sacked by Bruce Smith. Let me rephrase that, Bruce Smith was trying to rip his face off, Cunningham ducked and threw a pass 60 yards to wide-receiver Fred Barnett, resulting in a 95-yard touchdown. By far one of the greatest plays I've ever seen.
I know you see that caption on the picture...
There wasn't anything Randall couldn't do. Do you not remember playing with him on Tecmo Bowl? With the bootleg sweep left play that "#0 Eagles QB" would always work no matter what the other team did? Randall ran a legitimate 4.4 40-time, and he had a cannon of an arm with deft touch as well. All you Dallas Cowboys fans might not remember but Dallas wanted no parts of that Philly machine. Much like the Philly of 2008, the Philly Eagles of the early 90's probably didn't give Cunningham enough weapons to get them over the hump. Oh, and let me not forget. Randall could also punt. He currently holds the team record for the longest punt in Eagles history with a 91-yard punt vs. the Giants in 1989. 4th in Eagles history with 32 rushing touchdowns (more than Ricky Watters), 3rd in Eagles history in passing touchdowns and yards.
But that's just as an Eagle. After retiring in 1995 (called pulling a Jordan) he came back in 1997 and took the Minnesota Vikings starting QB position and helped lead the team to new heights. Reunited with former Philadelphia Eagle Cris Carter and new rookie WR Randy Moss, the Vikings soared to one of the greatest offensive seasons in NFL history. He threw for 34 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions while the Vikings scored a then record-high 556 points in the '98 season.
He was plagued by injuries that ended his 1991 and 1993 seasons. However, he is still the league leader for most rushing yards for a QB. Dude laid it on the line every time he suited up. Even for the Dallas Cowboys...respect his gangsta as McNabb has even said that it was Randall who's game he followed.
He will probably always be my favorite player, and for that you get my ultimate respect. But he did it after the NFL too. Cunningham returned to UNLV to finish his college degree at UNLV. Cunningham has also been active in the Gospel music business since his retirement from the NFL by opening a recording studio and producing a Christian rap group called "Humility". Their album "Our Purpose" have yet to be released in 2008 under Cunningham's label. Cunningham, a born again Christian, became an ordained Protestant minister and founded a church called Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas in 2004.
Oh yeah, didn't even mention he was a black QB. With all due respect to Warren Moon, Randall can take that #1 spot. Easy.