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  • Writer's pictureKen Lubin

Episode #137- Ed Cunningham- NFL Player/ Announcer/Academy Award Winning Producer

Ed Cunningham is an American sports announcer, film producer, and former professional American football player.

Following his career in the National Football League, Cunningham worked as an commentator for different media outlets, most recently ESPN. In 2017, he resigned citing his personal concerns with safety risks posed by the sport of football.

He played center for five seasons for the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Prior to his professional football career, Cunningham played center for the Washington Huskies, helping them win a national championship in 1991.

In 1997, Cunningham became a regional college football analyst for CBS Sports. Cunningham moved over to ABC Sports in August 2000.

In 2006, with the merger of ESPN and ABC Sports, Cunningham began appearing as analyst on ESPN College Football as well.

Cunningham resigned from ESPN prior to the 2017 college season, citing disenchantment with football due to growing evidence of the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy that the sport poses for its players.

He then became an award winning was a producer on the documentaries The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Undefeated, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

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