FB Sam ‘Bam’ Cunningham to join Pats hall of fame
New England Patriots all-time leading rusher Sam “Bam”
Cunningham has been voted into the team’s hall of fame by its
Cunningham played for the Patriots from 1973 to 1982. During
that time, he ran for a franchise-best 5,543 yards on 1,385
carries. He also had 43 rushing touchdowns.
In 1978, Cunningham keyed a Patriots ground attack that combined
for 3,165 rushing yards, a single-season NFL record that stands to
The one-time USC star will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of
Fame on Aug. 12. He beat out this year’s two other finalists,
center Jon Morris and defensive tackle Houston Antwine.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft called Cunningham an “old school
fullback” who enjoyed punishing would-be tacklers.