Saturday, January 14, 2012

Patriots Autograph of the Month - Sam Cunningham

Sam "Bam" Cunningham was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft out of USC where he had just won a National Championship. He was named Rose Bowl Player of the Game having scored 4 TD's in the 42-17 beating of Ohio State.

Cunningham was a fullback solely for the Pats from 1973 - 1982 and finished his career with 5,453 rushing yards, 210 receptions for 1,905 yards, and 49 touchdowns. In 1974 he had the longest rush in the NFL with a 75 yard run. He was a 1978 Pro Bowl selection. Cunningham was the 2010 Inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Sam Cunningham is the older brother of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. How about that.

He signed two cards for me including this 1978 Topps, and sent a short note, from his home address in 2005.

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