Remembering Gunther Cunningham

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

On May 13th it was announced that former Kansas City Chiefs head coach, and former Chiefs, Raiders, and Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham had passed over the weekend.

For the Lions, he served as both a defensive coordinator under former head coach Jim Schwartz and then a defensive analyst for the Lions when he retired.

Born in Germany, he came to the United States as a child, shortly after World War II ended. At the time, he didn’t speak English but used football to help get acclimated to America.  He ended up having college coaching stints at Oregon, California, Stanford and Arkansas.

After his college career, he spent some time in Canada in the CFL.  In 1982, he came back to the States and began his NFL Coaching career; first with the Colts, then moving on to Kansas City.

Remembered by most for his love of the game, and his passion, he was one of the more aggressive coaches, but still was very caring and helpful in molding defensive players on and off the field.  He was a defensive perfectionist and took it personally if an opposing team had success against his defense.


Here are how some around the NFL remembered Coach Cunningham:


We here at OurTurf Football send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gunther Cunningham


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