Richie Cunningham (American football)
|Date of birth:||August 18, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Houma, Louisiana|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||167 lb (76 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Richard Anthony "Richie" Cunningham (born August 18, 1970 in Houma, Louisiana) is a former All-Pro National Football League placekicker who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Carolina Panthers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He attended Terrebonne High School and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
He attended Terrebonne High School and went on to play football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was the kickoff specialist since his freshman year and became the team's placekicker until his junior year.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
In 1997 he finally made a team and became an All-Pro kicker in his first NFL season. He was 34 for 37 on his field goal attempts, leading the NFL in field goals made, setting the club record and ranking second for a rookie in league history. He was also second in the NFL in field goal percentage and points scored (also a team record). He was 24 for 24 on extra points.
In 1998, he tied a franchise record with a 54-yard field goal and made 29 of his 35 field goal attempts, which at the time ranked third in club history. The Cowboys released him 12 games into the 1999 season, after he slumped to 12 for 22 in his field goal attempts.
Cunningham last season was in 2002, appearing in one game for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished with 84 for 105 field goal attempts, which at the time, his 80 percent rate was tied for 27th all-time in a career.
Cunningham currently works for a pharmaceutical company. He is married and has three kids.