The name, “Cunningham”, may be seen on the back of an NFL jersey real soon as Randall Cunningham Jr. is making a name for himself in football just like dad. The high school senior has already gained impressive numbers, rushing 449 yards on 74 carries with two touch downs, and the respect of his peers.


Randall Jr. was a beast on the field during his school’s recent game against Servite high school. Cunningham rushed and passed with all of his might for an ultimate victory of 41-17 for his team.

Randall exhibits good sportsmanship and passion on the field that has some comparing him to his father, Randall Cunningham Sr. “There’s going to be pressure about living up to the name of Cunningham, but I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’ve grown a little bit out of it,” says the junior athlete of the way he handles the comparisons. “There’s still pressure according to other people but to me I don’t really feel it as much just because I’m 17 years old and I’ve had Cunningham as my last name forever. It’s really just a matter of me being me and living up to my expectations to myself.”

Cuningham Sr. also chimes in on the public’s opinion of his son telling media, “He’s not supposed to be me. As a matter of fact, he’s way better than I was when I was a kid. He’s faster than I was, he’s bigger than I was, he’s smarter, he has more knowledge of the game than most people could even realize because I taught him so much and he’s been around the NFL.”

The elder Cunningham played for UNLV before running a 16 year career with the NFL. His son, however, is keeping his options open for the athletic career, between football and high jump, that takes him the farthest. “I think about the draft, I think about the 2016 Olympics; both are something I’ve dreamed about,” explains the young star. “I would like to do both as long as I can and whichever one can take me farther, I’ll make the decision.”

Photos: Las Vegas Weekly



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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