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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:26 am 
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Sweet guy whom I met at a BBQ joint (Sardi's) in Clemson 5 years ago. Was wearing his bling. He had trimmed down and was in good shape and very friendly. Damn shame.

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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:50 am 
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I always get into great arguments with people when they talk about Steeler TEs and dynamic duos, such as Eric Green and Adrian Cooper.

For my money Cunningham and Grossman were pretty damn good too. Yeah, the rules changes in '78 led to more passing and such but you look at what those two TEs did in 78-79. Cunningham and Grossman combined for 101 catches, 1,538 yards and 8 TDs. Cunningham's career 14.3 yard average is very good, Heath Miller's career average is over 3 yards less, 11.1 yards per catch.

I remember Cunningham being that huge athletic TE, being that Eric Green for his time. During the dark times of when we had Bruener and would not throw to the TEs AND when people would argue with me that the Steelers just don't throw to the TEs, I would throw Cunningham, Grossman, Green, Cooper into the argument. The Steelers have always had good/great TEs that were part of the offense and could be weapons.

That is why I don't understand the reluctance of some when we made the moves for Ladarius Green, for Vance McDonald, etc. The Steelers have always valued TEs and aren't afraid to spend high draft picks, 4 first round picks ( 76, 90, 95, 05). Kind of makes me wonder that the TE position is due to have a really high pick spent on it sooner or later.

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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:16 am 
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Great post Scunge. Cunningham was a pro scouts dream. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, he could run like a deer, yet run over the opposition in heavy traffic. In addition to his great hands and quickness, he was a devastating blocker. He had a long career as a high school guidance counselor and had a postive influence on many young people. He was on the Steelers and Clemsons all time teams.


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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:31 am 
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RIP Benny.

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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:54 am 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Baltostiller wrote:
jebrick wrote:
I remember him catching a flea flicker from Bradshaw in a game in 3 rivers. Because he blocked most of the time no one covered him and no one was within 30 yards of him.


15-9 final. I remember watching that game as a kid. 9-9 going into overtime. Bradshaw hands off to Bleier who flips it to Swann back to Bradshaw to Bennie Cunningham in the end zone. RIP Bennie.

It's so fresh in my mind, I can picture the ball grazing the pylon at the end of the play.


ahhh, but can you remember what you had for breakfast?

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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:01 pm 
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Gonzo wrote:
I remember my father screaming at the TV ... why would you have such a big talented TE and not throw him the ball more


I remember the Emperor threatening to move him to tackle, because he couldn’t control his weight. I was always like, who cares if he’s 290? Throw him some passes!


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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:46 pm 
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R S wrote:
ahhh, but can you remember what you had for breakfast?

barely

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 Post subject: Re: Bennie Cunningham Passes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:45 pm 
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Scunge wrote:
I remember Cunningham being that huge athletic TE, being that Eric Green for his time.


Steelergenie wrote:
Cunningham was a pro scouts dream. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, he could run like a deer, yet run over the opposition in heavy traffic.


Bennie Cunningham was a beast. Loved the player.

The game winner flea flicker in OT is one of my all time RS favorites.

Flea flicker!


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