Originally posted on The Recliner GM  |  Last updated 11/3/11
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Longevity – 5

Randall was drafted by the Eagles in the 2nd round of the 1985 draft. He would spend his first 11 seasons in the league with the Birds.

Peak – 3

His best season as an Eagles was 1990, where he passed for 3,466 yards and 30 TD while rushing for 942 yards and 5 TD. Still he was never 1st team all-pro and was probably never more than a top-5 QB in the league.

Popularity – 4

As far as I can tell, Cunningham was, and is, very popular. He was a unique athlete that changed the perception of the quarterback position, and like Michael Vick now, you always held your breath whenever he got to running down the field.

Team Success – 2

Despite playing with some excellent Buddy Ryan/Reggie White led defenses, Cunningham won exactly one playoff game in his career with the Eagles. His regular season record was decent, at 63-43-1, but his 1-4 playoff record brings back some bad memories.

Awards – 2

Only 3 pro-bowls with the Eagles, and outside of 1990, nothing better than 1st team all-conference (1988, 1992).

Stats – 4

Cunningham’s Eagles ranks are as follows: 3rd in yards, TD, INT, 6th in QB rating. Also, he is 5th in rushing yards, and 4th in rushing TDs. All-time among QB’s, he ranks 2nd in rushing yards (just passed by Vick) and 8 in rushing TD’s.

Historical Standing – 2

Cunningham is not in the Hall of Fame and is an interesting case. As a passer, he was mostly average to below average with a career 56.6 completion % and 81.5 QB rating. But, up until Michael Vick, he was the most dynamic rushing QB in NFL history. I would think he probably stays out, but he’s borderline.

Excitement – 5

Where to start? The freakish arm strength? The gazelle-like speed? His famous leaps into the end zone? The fact that he punted a ball 91 yards once, and 80 yards another time? This video is a good collection of some of the best Randall moments.

Total: 27

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