NFL quarterbacks from the wrong era: 1. Randall Cunningham
The current NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles are led by emerging star Jalen Hurts. It’s a franchise that also employed versatile six-time Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb for 11 seasons. However, the Birds once had a quarterback that proved that he could truly fly.
Sixteen years before the Atlanta Falcons made Virginia Tech University quarterback Michael Vick with the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles were using a second-round selection on talented UNLV signal-caller Randall Cunningham.
Early in his NFL career, Cunningham certainly took a beating while running away from NFL defenses the best he could. He was part of an Eagles team that in 1986 gave up an incredible 104 sacks, a league record.
However, the talented athlete began to run away from, duck under, and leap over defenders in a single bound. He would finish his NFL career with 4,928 yards rushing and 35 TDs. Cunningham was far from one-dimensional. He connected on 56.6 percent of his passes for 29,979 yards and 207 scores.
Cunningham came out of retirement and spent three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 1997-99. In 1998, he wound up the primary starter for what would be a club that finished 15-1 and set a then-NFL record for points scored in a season (556).