Ed Cunningham

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Ed Cunningham
No. 59, 79
Personal information
Born: (1969-08-17) August 17, 1969 (age 53)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Vernon (VA)
College:University of Washington
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 3 / Pick: 61
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:61
Games started:47
Player stats at NFL.com

Ed Cunningham (born August 17, 1969) is an American sports announcer, film producer, and former professional American football player.

Following his career in the National Football League (NFL), Cunningham worked as an commentator for different media outlets, most recently ESPN. In 2017, he resigned citing his personal concerns with safety risks posed by the sport of football.

Playing career[edit]

Cunningham was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Cardinals.[1] He played center for five seasons for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Prior to his professional football career, Cunningham played center for the Washington Huskies, helping them win a national championship in 1991.

Sports commentator[edit]

After his football career, he became a football analyst for TNN (now known as Spike) calling games for the Arena Football League with Eli Gold as his broadcast partner. Cunningham also called Arizona Rattlers games for KUTP TV and KGME AM.

In 1997, Cunningham became a regional college football analyst for CBS Sports. Cunningham moved over to ABC Sports in August 2000.

In 2006, with the merger of ESPN and ABC Sports, Cunningham began appearing as analyst on ESPN College Football as well.[2]

In the years that followed, Cunningham's commentary increasingly drew the ire of college football coaches, resulting in at least two occasions where coaches responded directly to Cunningham's broadcasting commentary. These included Nebraska's Bo Pelini,[3] Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, who called comments by Cunningham "surprising and offensive,"[4] and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, who condemned Cunningham's comments regarding a Michigan player's injury.[5] Cunningham later apologized for the Michigan comments.[6]

Cunningham resigned from ESPN prior to the 2017 college season, citing disenchantment with football due to growing evidence of the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy that the sport poses for its players.[7]

Film career[edit]

Additionally, he was a producer on the documentaries The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Undefeated (2011), which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[8]


  1. ^ "1992 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  2. ^ "Ed Cunningham - ESPN MediaZone". Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Cavanaugh, Brandon. "Nebraska Football: The Hard-Hitting Huskers Face Collision Questions". Bleacher Report.
  4. ^ "Iowa fires back on accusation that it should have protected C.J. Beathard". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ "Jim Harbaugh condemns Ed Cunningham's suspension speculation on Jourdan Lewis". MLive. September 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Redford, Patrick. "ESPN's Ed Cunningham Apologizes To Michigan For Speculating That Injured Player Was Suspended". Deadspin.
  7. ^ Branch, John (August 30, 2017). "ESPN Football Analyst Walks Away, Disturbed by Brain Trauma on Field". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ed Cunningham". IMDb.

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