30. Randall Cunningham

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30.  Randall Cunningham
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.  Cunningham never won the AP MVP, but he was a three-time Bert Bell Award winner, and also won a PFWA MVP and NEA MVP.  Doesn't that show how incredible he was?  This should be enough to be worth a look from the Hall, though it has not happened yet.

Should Randall Cunningham be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Games Played: 161
  • Notable Statistics: 2,429 Pass Completions
    4,289 Pass Attempts
    56.6 Pass Completion Percentage
    29,979 Passing Yards
    207 Touchdown Passes
    134 Interceptions
    81.5 Passer Rating
    775 Rushing Attempts
    4,928 Rushing Yards
    35 Rushing Touchdowns
    2 Receptions
    -6 Receving Yards
    20 Punts
    894 Punting Yards
    137 Approximate Value

    12 Playoff Games
    192 Pass Completions
    365 Pass Attempts
    52.6 Pass Completion Percentage
    2,426 Passing Yards
    12 Touchdown Passes
    9 Interceptions
    81.5 Passer Rating
    49 Rushing Attempts
    273 Rushing Yards
    1 Punt
    20 Punting Yards
  • Played For: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
  • College: UNLV
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 37th Overall in 1985
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Bert Bell Award (3) (1988, 1990 & 1998)
    PFWA MVP (1) (1992)
    NEA MVP (1) (1998)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1998)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (3) (1989, 1990 & 1992)
    Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1988, 1989, 1990 & 1998)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (1) (1992)
    Pro Bowl MVP (1) (1988)
    Highest Passer Rating (1) (1998)
    Most Yards per Rushing Attempt (2) (1989 & 1990)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (3) (1988, 1990 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions (5) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts (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: Passer Rating (3) (1990, 1992 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (4) (1988, 1990, 1994, & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Attempt (2) (1990 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Completion (3) (1990, 1994 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts per Game (5) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Competions per Game (2) (1988 & 1990)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1990, 1992 & 1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (1) (1990)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Rushing Attempt (2) (1989 & 1990)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 2.      Yards per Rushing Attempt: 6.4
    44.    Touchdown Passes: 207
    53.    Passing Yards: 29,979
    53.    Pass Attempted: 4,289
    54.    Pass Completions: 2,429
    72.    Passer Rating: 81.5
    80.    Yards per Pass Completion: 12.3
    85.    Passing Yards per Game: 186.2
    89.    Pass Attempts per Game: 26.6
    92.    Pass Completions per Game: 15.1
    93.    Yards per Pass Attempt: 7.0

Should Randall Cunningham be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.7%
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 March 2022 14:24

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+3 #4 Ryley 2015-05-23 00:49
If "Broadway" Joe Namath is in the Hall of Fame than almost every "above average" QB deserve to be in the Hall of Fame including Randall Cunningham.
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-3 #3 Joseph Wright 2015-05-02 07:10
Quoting Ziggy Koole:
No way does Randall "I need Cris Carter as a security blanket or else I suck" Cunningham belong in the hall of fame. Yes he could run. So? As far as "quarterbacks" go, Cunningham is slightly above average. Generally I'm pretty lenient with who I think deserves to be in, and I like a big hall, but there's no way a slightly above average quarterback who could run pretty well should be in the hall of fame. It just shouldn't happen and I'm so glad that Cunningham wasn't even a preliminary nominee in 2011.


Hold up, Ziggy. Cris Carter is in the HOF primarily because he padded his stats in Minnesota as the "possession" receiver, catching two- and three-yard passes, just like another fake HOFer, Art Monk. If you'd look up the facts instead of dealing in delusional revisionist history, Cris Carter was never anywhere near Randall's leading receiver in either Philly nor Minnesota. That would be Mike Quick, Keith Jackson, and Randy Moss. To quote actor Eddie Murphy from Beverly Hills Cop II regarding your unwarranted venom toward Cunningham, "...Is this a Black thing?"
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0 #2 Montoya 2014-08-25 23:04
If terry Bradshaw is there, so should Randall. No question. For the guy saying Chris Carter was his safety blanket, Lynn Swann was terrys.
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-20 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
No way does Randall "I need Cris Carter as a security blanket or else I suck" Cunningham belong in the hall of fame. Yes he could run. So? As far as "quarte rbacks" go, Cunningham is slightly above average. Generally I'm pretty lenient with who I think deserves to be in, and I like a big hall, but there's no way a slightly above average quarterback who could run pretty well should be in the hall of fame. It just shouldn' t happen and I'm so glad that Cunningham wasn't even a preliminary nominee in 2011.
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