The football world has lost a legendary player as former NFL tight end Bennie Cunningham has passed away from cancer at the age of just 63.
How great was he?
Put it to you this way, his pass catching and blocking affected two incredible football traditions.
One being the Pittsburgh Steelers—for whom Cunningham played all ten of his NFL ten seasons—amassing 202 catches, 20 touchdowns, and two Super Bowl rings along the way.
And the other being a longtime college powerhouse—and 2016 NCAA Champions—Clemson where the 6-5 Cunningham would catch the eye of the Steelers as the 6-5 was an absolutely dominant the collegiate level.
He was a two-time All American at Clemson and one of the best tight ends to ever play for that program. And that’s why the Steelers grabbed Cunningham in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft with the 28th overall pick.
Our best wishes go out to his family during this most difficult of times.