Doug Cunningham passes away

Another Vaught Era Ole Miss football standout has passed away.

– PA

From Media Relations

OXFORD – Ole Miss lost another football legend Tuesday morning with the passing of Doug Cunningham, 69, of Jackson, Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete.

Cunningham, who was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame last July and the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, earned three varsity letters in football (1964-66), while helping the Rebels participate in three bowl games, including a 13-7 win over Auburn in the Liberty Bowl. He also lettered in track at Ole Miss as a member of 440-yard relay unit in 1965.

“What impressed me about Doug Cunningham so much was how humble he was,” said former Ole Miss running back Deuce McAllister, who was also inducted with Cunningham into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame last July. “I saw his statistics at Ole Miss and in the NFL. I saw the film of him running. He was one of those guys who played decades ago who could still play today. He was that fast, that good. My condolences to his family. He was a special guy.”

During his career at Ole Miss, Cunningham played tailback as a sophomore and senior and wingback as a junior. He was an Associated Press first-team All-SEC selection in 1966 when he was co-captain of Coach John Vaught’s team that finished 8-3, including an appearance in the Bluebonnet Bowl.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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