Before signing with the Lions in the offseason, defensive tackle Cornelius Washington played his first four seasons with the Bears. He’s a big guy at 6’4 and almost 300 pounds, but like a lot of Bears players, he wasn’t really as big as you would normally see with a 3-4 defensive lineman. He did still make plays last season even though it didn’t appear that he was a good fit for that defense. You could just see that the few opportunities he had in the gap as an upfield penetrator, he was more suited for that than being head up on an offensive lineman and two-gapping.
Cunningham played college football at the University of Washington as an offensive lineman, where he was a captain of the Huskies’ 1991 national title-winning team. he was then drafted in the third round of the NFL, where he spent five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. Cunningham also mentioned his Cardinals teammate, Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in 2011, and was found to be suffering from C.T.E. in the NYT interview.
“I know a lot of people who say: ‘I just can’t cheer for the big hits anymore. I used to go nuts, and now I’m like, I hope he gets up,’” Cunningham said with tears welling up in his eyes, via the newspaper. “It’s changing for all of us. I don’t currently think the game is safe for the brain. And, oh, by Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys the way, I’ve had teammates who have killed themselves. Dave Duerson put a shotgun to his chest so we could study his brain.”
We’ve obviously seen NFL players walk away from football over brain Cheap Replica Jerseys injury concerns, such as San Fransisco’s Chris Borland, Baltimore’s John Urschel, and Buffalo’s A.J. Tarpley, but Cunningham is the first broadcaster to do so. We’ll see if this becomes a trend sometime in the near future. Cunningham was typically on the noon ABC broadcasts alongside Mike Patrick with Dr. Jerry Punch on the sidelines.