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September 4, 2008 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
OPPOSING PLAYERS used to come into Veterans Stadium, hear how the crowd would boo the home team and ask quarterback Randall Cunningham: "How do you guys do it?" And Cunningham would reply with a chuckle: "Those are our fans. We love them. " No one is better equipped to appreciate what quarterback Donovan McNabb has endured during his 10-year career with the Eagles. Cunningham played in the same spotlight for 11 years, during which he experienced the same sweet-and-sour relationship.
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September 3, 1992 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randall. That name alone is enough to guarantee that the punchless, pathetic 1991 Eagles offense won't be the same this season. With Randall Cunningham at the helm, the Eagles ranked third in the NFL in total yards in 1990. Without him last season, they dropped to 25th, and had a four-game free fall at midseason in which they failed to score a touchdown. "I never had such injuries on one side of the ball," said Eagles coach Rich Kotite. "We went through five quarterbacks, a total of maybe five or six other offensive players out. Very rarely did we have both of our wide receivers together.
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November 20, 1990 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he scrambled to Keith Jackson's locker early yesterday afternoon to find a suitable interview cap - a white hat with "Detroit Lions" stitched on the front panel - Randall Cunningham hustled back to his stall, pivoted before a group of reporters and made a request: "Please," the Eagles quarterback said with a smile, "no negative questions. " Cunningham is enjoying Monday afternoon interviews these days. He is upbeat about the team's four-game winning streak, and about the way he is playing football.
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September 12, 1995 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Randall wants to be Rodney. Rodney wants to be Randall. Ray would probably like Randall to read and react like Rodney but run like Randall. And you didn't think it would be fun to be an Eagles fan this season. "Sometimes I wonder if I would feel better as a relief pitcher than as a starter," Randall Cunningham mused out loud yesterday. "Being able to see what happens, then coming in the second quarter . . . He smiled for a moment, then reality set in. "But that's not my role," the Eagles quarterback said.
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July 11, 1992 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Comebacking quarterback Randall Cunningham entered Eagles voluntary camp eager to see how his body, specifically his left knee, would respond to the daily rigors of an NFL camp again. After taking hundreds of snaps, throws and drops in his first full week of drills since the September 1991 knee surgery that sidelined him last season, Cunningham paused yesterday to say "it's all systems go" as training camp approaches. The knee-braced Eagle, who tore knee ligaments when he was hit in the opening game of last season, gave a small group of inquiring fans outside the practice field fence a "thumbs-up" signal as he headed to his car. As expected, Cunningham has been somewhat inconsistent throwing the ball, but expressed happiness with his movement and leg strength after the first week of workouts on the comeback trail.
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August 8, 1989 | BY RAY DIDINGER, Daily News Sports Writer
Randall Cunningham is hot. Very hot. Not just football hot, but marketing hot. Media hot. Superstar hot. It is hard to say just when it happened, but at some point in the last year the Eagles' dashing, young quarterback crossed over the line between football player and folk hero. Now Cunningham is doing what all good folk heroes do in the '80s: He is cashing in. He is doing commercials. He is selling his face on posters and T-shirts. He is hosting TV and radio shows.
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November 7, 1994 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When he was with the Eagles, Buddy Ryan was at his civilized, non-arrogant best after a tough loss. On those occasions he even ventured the notion that he might not know everything and that just maybe he wasn't the greatest football coach of all time. Well, Ryan had his humility renewed again yesterday at Veterans Stadium. The swagger and bluster went out of Ryan when the Cardinals, whom he now serves as head coach, competed pitifully and almost pointlessly in a penalty- slathered, 17-7 loss to the Eagles.
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September 3, 1992 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A couple of lounge chairs and a sofa at Eagles training camp. Randall Cunningham. A handful of football writers. Tape recorders. Notebooks. Microphones. Cunningham, the superstar, multimillion-dollar quarterback of the Eagles, is returning from a season in the wilderness. Injured in the first game of the 1991 season, this amazingly gifted athlete is back to help rescue an offense that dropped, without him, from the heights of NFL excellence to, well, the pits. By all outward appearances, it's an ordinary event.
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September 7, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL's premier quarterback. If Randall Cunningham didn't earn that title a year ago, with a succession of outstanding performances that took the Eagles to their first division title since 1980, one suspects that the ranch safely may be wagered on the prospect in 1989. Indeed, it is highly probable that Cunningham, 26, who accounted for more than 75 percent of the Eagles' offensive yardage and 71.4 percent of the offensive touchdowns last season, will be an even better quarterback in his third full season as a starter.
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November 8, 1992 | By Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One man's midseason rantings and ratings. Feel free to dissent: Offensive MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco. Dallas' Emmitt Smith may be the more popular choice, but Young deserves the honor as the point man in the NFL's top-ranked offense. He is the league's No. 1-rated passer and averages 9.6 yards per carry. Really, he's having the season Randall Cunningham was supposed to have. And some folks in San Francisco still prefer Steve Bono. Amazing. Honorable mention - Smith; Barry Foster, Pittsburgh; Dan Marino, Miami, and Terry Allen, Minnesota.
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July 1, 2016
HE NEVER WON a playoff game with the Eagles, but Buddy Ryan won over Eagles fans. James David "Buddy" Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 85, created one of the most feared defenses in the NFL in Gang Green, but perhaps lost amid the well-deserved praise, in the wake of his passing, for his defensive genius is the fact he also helped usher in a new brand of football in the NFL. Overstating, you say? Then, let's remind everyone he helped turn quarterback Randall Cunningham into the player whom Sports Illustrated dubbed "The Ultimate Weapon.
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June 30, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
He was the architect of chaos and he gloried in it. He was earthy and profane, a blunt, bullying genius in the gladiatorial arena of professional football, all bluster and bravado, and as subtle as a forearm shiver, and certainly no candidate for a diplomatic post. But Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at 85, revolutionized the fine art of the carnivorous defense as it had been played in the National Football League. It was based on a simple, immutable mathematical equation: Bring one more than they can block.
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January 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
During the news conference Wednesday when he explained, or tried to, why he had fired Chip Kelly, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie uttered fewer than 30 words of his opening statement before referencing the rarity of what he had done the day before. Kelly was just the second head coach whom Lurie had decided to replace since 1998, and he cited that relative lack of turnover - just Kelly and Andy Reid, for close to 18 years - to sell everyone on his always-careful thought process and the franchise's resulting stability.
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November 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jameis Winston entered the NFL with plenty of fanfare, and the Eagles got a firsthand glimpse at why he has the makings of something they are desperately searching for - a potential franchise quarterback. While quarterback play was just one of the numerous problems for the Eagles defense during Sunday's dispirited 45-17 loss to the visiting Bucs, Tampa Bay fans can't be blamed for being giddy about their future. That's because the prize from a 2-14 season last year was the first pick in the NFL draft.
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November 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
BUCCANEERS rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has never been to Philadelphia, but he surely followed the Birds while growing up in Bessemer, Ala. "I'm an Eagles fan," said Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. "Randall Cunningham was my favorite player of all time. I loved Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse - all the guys in the 2000s. " Winston, 21, wasn't even born when Cunningham was in his prime, but that's beside the point. Lots of people grow up idolizing Mickey Mantle or Wilt Chamberlain or even Michael Jordan without having seen them play.
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November 3, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles tied the Eagles' team record for most pass attempts in a game last week. Here are the top five: Player   Att.   Opponent   Date    Foles   62   at Cardinals   Oct. 26, 2014    Randall Cunningham   62   at Bears   Oct. 2, 1989    Davey O'Brien   60   at Redskins   Dec. 1, 1940    Donovan McNabb   58   at Bengals   Nov. 16, 2008    Sonny Jurgensen   57   Giants   Sept. 23, 1962    Source: Philadelphia Eagles
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October 21, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HUDDLED IN THE VIP room of the SugarHouse Casino, former Eagles All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham stood and signed autographs for fans on Saturday. Cunningham, now a pastor who ministers in Las Vegas, is one of 113 players and coaches on the ballot for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. The Hall's Selection Committee will trim that list to 25 next month, and to 15 in January, before electing a final group of between four and eight members during February's Super Bowl Week.
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September 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE PROLIFERATION of networks has watered down the experience of playing prime-time games. For years, there was "Monday Night Football" and nothing else. No Sunday night games, no Saturday playoff games and certainly no Thursday night games. Chip Kelly coached his 19th game for the Birds last night. Counting last year's postseason loss to the Saints, this will be his sixth game in prime time. From 1982-87, the Eagles did not appear on prime time even once - mostly because the team wasn't very good.
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September 5, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES have drafted 14 quarterbacks in the last 30 years, including nine after the third round. Seven of those 14 never started a game for the Eagles, and last year Nick Foles became just the third to start a postseason game for the Birds. Here's a look: RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, 1985 Round: 2. Overall: 37. College: UNLV. Incumbent starter: Ron Jaworski, who was 34 and entering his 12th season. Other QBs that draft: Cunningham was the first QB selected in what was a very light draft for the position.
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