Eagles great Randall Cunningham sees a lot of himself in Jalen Hurts
The Eagles have a long history of exciting players at the quarterback position.
If you were born in the late 1990’s like me, your first memory of Eagles football probably involved Donovan McNabb. Fast forward to the early 2010’s, we were graced with the Michael Vick experience for a few years. And now, we have Jalen Hurts, who’s in the midst of a potential MVP campaign.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t alive during the Randall Cunningham era, but best believe I’ve watched my fair share of Randall highlights. Most NFL historians agree, he defined what a dual-threat quarterback would look like for generations.
Funny enough, the former Eagles great sees a lot of himself in the current man under center in Philly.
On Thursday, Cunningham joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on the 94WIP Midday Show to talk all things Jalen Hurts.
Cunningham on the Eagles QB
“The way he does it, he’s very smart,” Cunningham told the Midday Show of Hurts’ ability to run. “He runs kind of like me, where he knows when to get down, he knows when to get that extra yard. He knows when to run out of bounds and you know, he slides. I was a pitcher, but I wasn’t a base stealer, so I didn’t know how to slide very well. I was always going up in there.”
“I just really think the team is doing a great job and I think we got to keep the momentum and just hopefully get this Super Bowl again.”
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Greatness recognizes greatness.
Cunningham was one of the greatest running quarterbacks in NFL history, racking up over 4,900 yards on the ground throughout his career. At the time he retired, that was the most all-time by a quarterback in the history of this league.
Hurts still has a long way to go before he’s mentioned in the same conversation as Cunningham, but he’s off to a great start. QB1 is on pace to eclipse double-digit rushing touchdowns for the second straight season, something Cunningham never accomplished. He’s also throwing the ball better than Randall did during his Eagles career, completing over 67 percent of his passes and posting a 105.6 passer rating. Cunningham completed over 67 percent of his passes one time in his 11-year career in Philadelphia, and he never recorded a passer rating higher than 95 for a season.
If Hurts continues to develop at the pace he’s on, who knows where he’ll finish in the NFL record books. At the very least, he’s well on his way to carrying on the Eagles tradition of exciting dual-threat gunslingers.
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