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College, Pro Football Great Sam Cunningham Dies at 71

U.S. (gridiron) football great Sam “Bam” Cunningham, whose performance against Alabama in a 1970 game is credited for prompting major college football programs in the southern United States to integrate their teams with Black players, has died at the age of 71.   

The University of Southern California, where Cunningham played his collegiate years, said he died Tuesday at his home near Los Angeles.   

Cunningham was a sophomore (second-year student) running back when he rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead USC to a 42-21 rout of Alabama, one of college football’s most dominant programs both in details ⇒

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