Randall Cunningham and Christian Cunningham
Former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham was not at his Las Vegas home when 2-year-old son Christian Cunningham was discovered lifeless in a hot tub on the family property, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.
According to police, the child was found floating in the outdoor heated spa tub. The boy’s mother reportedly performed CPR until paramedics arrived. They took the boy to St. Rose Dominican Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He would have turned 3 in December.
Metro Lt. Dennis Flynn said, “It appears that it’s just a complete tragedy. It only takes a brief minute for someone to take their eye off the child.” As a formality, detective with the Abuse and Neglect detail were on the scene to determine whether it was anything more than a tragic accident.
Cunningham played for the Philadelphia Eagles for eleven season as QB and punter. He went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens. He played a total of 16 season in the NFL and was in four Pro Bowls. He retired at the end of the 2001 season.
In 2005 Cunningham received his college degree after a 20-year hiatus, and walked in the graduation ceremony at UNLV in order to show his children the importance of finishing their goals. He abandoned his college studies after his junior year in 1985 and was drafted in the second round by the Eagles.
The former NFL player is currently the offensive coordinator at Silverado High School, where he is coaching the varsity football team. His son, Randall Cunningham II, is the freshman quarterback for the Skyhawks. He is also a pastor of Remnant Ministries and performs baptisms in the hot tub where the accident occurred.
On September 28, 2009, Randall Cunningham was honored at half-time during an Eagles game. He was part of a Ring of Honor ceremony, his induction into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame. He carried his young son Christian in his arms throughout his speech.
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