Over the course of 16 seasons, former quarterback Randall Cunningham regularly had NFL defenses praying for him to take it easy. In retirement, he joined his NFL brothers in prayer, serving as the Raiders’ team chaplain.
It was a role Cunningham sought to continue, until first-year Raiders coach Josh McDaniels and general manager David Ziegler treated Randall as if he were an unworthy practice squad candidate. of their attention.
“I kept calling and calling and calling, trying to get the right officials to get the direction agreed with Coach McDaniels, but it got through, and finally I said, ‘I don’t think I’m needed here anymore,” Cunningham told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Cunningham, who threw just under 30,000 yards and 207 touchdowns in his career, is now 59 and an ordained Protestant minister. He had been the Raiders’ team chaplain since the club moved from Oakland to Sin City in 2020.
“He texted me once and he said, ‘I look forward to seeing you and your involvement here. And I said, ‘Feel free to call anytime.’ And I never got a call back,” Cunningham said, referring to his only conversation with McDaniels.
At that point, Cunningham, who played for Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas and Baltimore, decided his prayers were unnecessary with the Raiders. Cunningham was a star at UNLV in the 1980s.
“…I just thought it was kind of like a sign to me that it was time for me to move on,” Cunningham added.
Although Cunningham’s exit from the Raiders is officially considered a resignation, the writing was on the wall that his services were no longer deemed necessary, which Cunningham clearly disagrees with.
“The players really need someone who will be like a brother, a father figure,” Cunningham said. “Someone they can lean on and talk to outside of the organization, and that’s what we had in Minnesota (where Cunningham played from 1997-99).”
Based on events surrounding the Raiders over the past calendar year, they should consider calling an audible and bringing Randall back.
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