Brian Billick & Brian Baldinger Join ‘A Football Life: Backstory’ at 10:00 PM ET
As quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Randall Cunningham made electrifying plays that thrilled fans on the field and helped him to achieve superstar status off it. Today, Cunningham is the founder and pastor of Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout his life – both on the football field and off – Cunningham has traveled a long course filled with ups and downs, glory and controversy, all of which has brought him to where he is now.
NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series continues Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00 PM ET with Randall Cunningham: A Football Life. The one-hour documentary features sitdown interviews with Cunningham and those who know him well, including his wife Felicity Cunningham, former teammates and coaches, and media members.
Among the topics discussed in the documentary are:
- Randall’s involvement as founder and pastor of Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas, Nevada
- His son Randall Cunningham II, who is a highly-recruited high school quarterback and high jumper
- His 11-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the unique offensive system implemented by head coach Buddy Ryan, his relationship with head coach Rich Kotite, and the 1988 ‘Monday Night Football’ game against the New York Giants
- The large national attention he achieved and his teammates’ reactions to it
- His retirement from the Eagles in 1995 and the 1998 season with the Minnesota Vikings in which they went 15-1 and lost in the NFC Championship Game
- The tragic passing of his son
Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.
Randall Cunningham: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Felicity Cunningham – Randall’s wife
Carl Banks – Former New York Giants linebacker
Mike Quick – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Seth Joyner – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Ron Jaworski – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Fred Barnett – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Merrill Reese – Eagles radio announcer
Ed Rendell – Former Mayor of Philadelphia
Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach/former New York Giants defensive coordinator
Rich Kotite – Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Dennis Green – Former Minnesota Vikings head coach
Cris Carter – Hall of Fame wide receiver/Eagles & Vikings teammate
Provided below are some select quotes from Randall Cunningham: A Football Life:
– “Randall probably did it more dramatically and more spectacularly than any other quarterback before or since.” – Merrill Reese
– “If Randall Cunningham were to play in today’s NFL, he would in my opinion make Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick look second-tier to him. I would put him against those guys and it wouldn’t even be close.” – Carl Banks
– “I thought it was a bad move. I knew he was going to be a heck of a player but he was not ready.” – Ron Jaworski on Cunningham being put in the Week 1 game against the New York Giants as a rookie
– “I would drop back, I would run around and just be an athlete.” – Randall Cunningham
– “There was a period of time in his career that success probably got the best of him. It was about Randall.” – Seth Joyner
– “Five big plays. That usually wins the game for you. Everything was built around him.” – Buddy Ryan
– “I left hating the game of football…I never ever wanted to play football after that and I kind of rode off into the sunset.” – Randall Cunningham on retiring from the Eagles
– “His life was in a different place. He wasn’t worried about being a celebrity; he wasn’t the focal point of the organization so he didn’t necessarily have the pressure.” – Cris Carter on Cunningham in Minnesota
Following the episode, Jenn Brown hosts A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of the episode. Joining the show will be NFL Network analysts Brian Billick and Brian Baldinger. Billick was Cunningham’s offensive coordinator with the Vikings in 1997 and 1998, and Baldinger was a teammate of Cunningham in Philadelphia in 1992 and 1993.
Viewers will also have the opportunity to interact and offer their thoughts on Twitter by following @NFLNetwork and using the hashtag #AFootballLife.
Viewers can also interact with and follow the series on their phones and tablets with A Football Life Xtra. Located within the new NFL Mobile app, A Football Life Xtra features producer commentary, photos and artifacts from the NFL Films archives, and career stats and unique facts, as well as trivia games and polls on NFL legends. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile. Additionally, every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Below is the broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:
- November 12 – Cris Carter
- November 19 – The Forward Pass
- November 26 – Steve Gleason
- December 3 – Great Wall of Dallas