Randall W. Cunningham is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League and current football coach and pastor.
After playing college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he was selected in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he remained through the 1995 season.
He announced his retirement from football following the end of that season.
After he left football in 1996, Cunningham returned to Las Vegas, where he had attended college at UNLV, and started a custom marble and granite company. He spent more time with his wife, Felicity. But, most important to Cunningham, the time away from football allowed him to reconnect with his Christian faith.
Before signing with Minnesota a year later, he said he prayed to God, asking for one favor: “Don’t let me go back to the person I used to be. Don’t let me become the prideful person. Don’t let me be arrogant.”
“When he came to Minnesota, the No. 1 thing in his life was his faith,” said Cris Carter, who played with Cunningham for three seasons in Philadelphia and three seasons in Minnesota. Cunningham retired for good after the 2001 season and never reverted to his former self, returning to Las Vegas and raising a family.
These days, Cunningham still performs in front of large crowds on Sundays. Only now he does so in church. He became an ordained pastor for a nondenominational church he founded, Remnant Ministries.
While in the pulpit, he will sometimes look back on the old Randall Cunningham, offering himself as an example of how significant and lasting changes can happen when they’re least expected. “Whenever you’ve gone through wounds and things like that, there comes a day where God heals you,” Cunningham said. “And he healed me.”