Birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA
UNLV’s career passing and punting leader, Randall Cunningham left Las Vegas as the most accomplished player in school history. He becomes the first Rebel player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. A First Team All-America punter in 1983, Cunningham received second team honors as a senior while also garnering honorable mention as a quarterback. The two-position star broke 18 UNLV records, including career marks for passing yards (8,020), touchdown passes (59) and punting average (45.6). A two-time PCAA Offensive Player of the Year, Cunningham was first team all-conference three times as a punter and twice as a quarterback. The single-season and career punting leader in PCAA history, he led the Rebels to the 1984 conference title and earned MVP honors in their first-ever bowl game appearance, which was a victory in the California Bowl. Cunningham is only the third quarterback in history to pass for at least 2,500 yards in three consecutive seasons, and he finished his career with 142 punts for 6,471 yards. Drafted in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Cunningham went on to play for 17 years in the NFL for the Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. The four-time Pro Bowl selection ranks second all-time in the NFL for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,928, and he was named the 1998 NFL Offensive Player of the Year while with the Vikings. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 2009. After retirement, Cunningham returned to UNLV to finish his degree in 2004. A 1997 inductee into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame, Cunningham saw his No. 12 retired, making it the only football jersey in school football history with the distinction. Cunningham currently serves as head pastor at Remnant Ministries, which he founded with his wife Felicity in Las Vegas, and as the head football coach at Silverado High School also in Las Vegas. He received the NFL Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for community service in 2012.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas