Longtime Eagles QB Randall Cunningham to serve as Raiders’ next team chaplain

Ryan Young
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Jon Gruden has found his team’s next chaplain, the first for the organization since moving to Las Vegas.

Longtime Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, who has launched his own church in the city, will take over as the team’s chaplain this season, he told ESPN on Friday.

“I'm elated, flabbergasted,” Cunningham said, via ESPN. “I've already been in on some [Zoom] meetings with the team. I plan on spending a lot of time with the guys when it's OK. I've talked with Marcus Mariota, Nelson Agholor.

“What an amazing group of people Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have put together … Gruden asked me to be the team chaplain. I have a responsibility to look after these guys in this town. And I accept that responsibility.”

Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass on September 17, 1989, at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass on September 17, 1989, at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Cunningham spent 11 seasons with the Eagles from 1985-95, earning three Pro Bowl nods and three All-Pro selections. Gruden was the offensive coordinator for Cunningham during the 1995 season.

Cunningham, 57, runs his church Remnant Ministries, and serves as its pastor. His daughter, Vashati, is an Olympic high jumper and finished 13th at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. She won the bronze medal in the event at the World Championships in 2019.

“He's going to take care of the guys in Las Vegas,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said, via ESPN. “Jon had him address the team in a team Zoom [recently] and he did a really good job of setting the stage for the team in Las Vegas.

“When you talk to anyone in the community, everybody always talks about Randall. It's pretty special.”

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