If the Football Hall of Fame was based solely on excitement there should be no doubt that Randall Cunningham would have been inducted on the first ballot. His nickname of the “Human Highlight Reel” was well deserved and he was hands down the most entertaining Quarterback of his era.
Randall Cunningham could beat you with his throwing arms or with his legs. He excelled at scrambling and is the current all time leader for rushing yards (4,928) for a Quarterback. This made him exciting to watch but also overshadowed his ability to throw. Cunningham was an efficient thrower and as his speed began to wane, he was able to prove to a lot of people in the league that he could throw with the best of them.
Cunningham scrambling was not always effective as he was sacked a lot. He did however bring so many weapons (he was also a great punter) to the field that he inspired a new generation of mobile multi faceted quarterbacks. This should be enough to be worth a look from the Hall.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
2nd Round, 37th Overall in 1985
Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Most Valuable Player (1) (1990)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1) (1992)
Pro Bowl MVP (1) (1988)
Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1988, 1989, 1990 & 1998)
First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1998)
Second Team All Pro Selection (3) (1989, 1990 & 1992)
Highest Quarterback Rating (1) (1998)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (5) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (5) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1994)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (5) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (6) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (3) (1990, 1992 & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yard/Game (4) (1988, 1990, 1994, & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1990, 1992 & 1998)
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (1) (1990)
Notable All Time Rankings:
27. Passing Touchdowns: 207
35. Passes Completed: 2,429
34. Passing Yards: 29,979
33. Passes Attempted: 4,289
43. Quarterback Rating: 81.5
53. Passing Yard/Game: 186.2
88. Pass Completion Percentage: 56.6
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: