Last week, Randall Cunningham became the first UNLV player voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, to which many Rebels fans might rightly ask: What took so long?
As reported by the Review-Journal’s Mark Anderson, Mr. Cunningham was among the 14-member class of 2016 unveiled by the National Football Foundation and the Hall of Fame, and he will be inducted later this year. The renowned quarterback is without question the greatest player ever to take the field for UNLV, and he will now join the greatest players in college football history.
In three seasons at UNLV (1982-84), Mr. Cunningham threw for 8,020 yards and 59 touchdowns, both school records that stand to this day. He led the Rebels to their first bowl game, a 30-13 California Bowl win over Toledo in 1984. For good measure, he was also the Rebels’ punter, averaging a healthy 45.6 yards per kick. He earned All-America honors in 1983 and ’84, before going on to a lengthy and distinguished NFL career.
Mr. Cunningham’s Hall of Fame honor is a nice boost for UNLV football, coming at the same time as coach Tony Sanchez works to rebuild the program. But what also makes it so meaningful is that it’s an achievement all of us can take pride in, because Mr. Cunningham remains entrenched in the Las Vegas community.
He’s the well-known pastor at Remnant Ministries church, and he was named Silverado High School’s football coach following the 2014 season, when the Skyhawks went 3-7. In his debut season, he helped Silverado post a 7-4 record and a second-place finish in league play. It would be hard to find a better leader or role model for the Skyhawks players.
Kudos to Mr. Cunningham on this tremendous honor, and for his continued commitment to the community.