Going into 2010, former Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Randall Cunningham was a father to a 2-year-old boy. But something happened in June of 2010 that no parent ever wants to experience.
Cunningham’s youngest son died from a tragic accident at his Las Vegas home. The former quarterback was not home when it happened, and the death was a huge blow to the family. But Cunningham continues to be a great father and person who impacts the lives of many.
Randall Cunningham became one of the top quarterbacks during his career
Cunningham enjoyed a successful NFL career. He played 16 seasons in the league, mostly with the Eagles. Throughout his career, he played in four Pro Bowls and was named Pro Bowl MVP once. He also made a total of four All-Pro teams being selected to the First team twice. Cunningham struggled during his rookie year, but he transitioned into a quarterback that impacted the game significantly.
Cunningham could beat you in multiple ways. He could throw and run the ball at a high level. If defenders weren’t getting to him in the backfield, he was either throwing to an open receiver or keeping the football and using his legs. In 1990 he had one of the best seasons of his career. He threw for 3,466 yards with 30 touchdowns and rushed for 942 yards with five touchdowns. Cunningham was named the NFC Player of the Year in 1990, and he won the Pro Football Writers Association NFL MVP award.
In 1998, he won the Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL MVP award as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Cunningham led the Vikings to a 15-1 record and threw for 3,704 yards with 34 touchdowns. That season the Vikings had a talented offensive group. With Cunningham at quarterback, he had multiple weapons at wide receiver in Cris Carter, Randy Moss, and Jake Reed. Cunningham finished his career playing for the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens.
The tragic death of Randall Cunningham’s youngest son
In June of 2010, Cunningham’s youngest son, Christian, died in an apparent backyard hot tub accident. ESPN covered the terrible news when it happened and stated that a Las Vegas police officer said the death appeared to be an accidental drowning, and authorities were still investigating at the time. When the incident happened, Cunningham was out of town.
After the passing of his son, Cunningham continues to be a great father to his children and supports them in all their endeavors. He’s also impacted many lives as an ordained minister. Cunningham will return to the NFL as team chaplain for the Las Vegas Raiders.
It was a tragic blow to Cunningham and his family. No parent wants to experience the loss of a child. Who knows what Cunningham went through when he first heard about what happened and the fact that he wasn’t there is tragic. Christian died way too young, and the Cunningham family will always keep him in their hearts.
Cunningham is a supportive father for his talented kids
Cunningham’s children were born with athletic abilities, just like their father. His oldest son, Randall Cunningham II, was a standout football and track athlete. In high school, he won five Nevada state championships. Three were in track and two in football. On the gridiron, he played quarterback at Bishop Gorman High School. On the track, he competed in the high jump.
Cunningham II had the opportunity to compete in football and track at multiple colleges but decided to attend USC and focus on track. He became an All-American in his freshman year when he placed eighth at the NCAA outdoor championships. In 2016 he won the NCAA outdoor championships as a sophomore and won the indoor championships in 2018 as a senior.
Like her older brother, Vashti Cunningham is a track athlete. She also competes in the high jump. In 2015 she set the national high school record when she jumped 1.94 meters. Vashti won the 2015 U.S. Junior National Championship. In 2016 she signed with Nike to become a professional athlete. Throughout her career, she’s competed in numerous USA and World Championships. She competed in the 2016 Olympics, where she placed 13th. Vashti has a total of 10 first-place finishes with the last one coming in 2020 at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Randall Cunningham will always show love and support to his children and will be there for them no matter what.