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Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bennie Cunningham


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Today’s photo is of Bennie Cunningham, who played tight end for Clemson in the 1970’s.

Cunningham was a consensus first-team All-American his junior year and was also chosen to some first teams as a senior. Cunningham was l2th on Clemson's all-time receptions list and was a two-time first-team All-ACC. He was selected to play in Hula Bowl, Japan Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl.

Cunningham played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowl Rings (1978 and 1979 seasons). Cunningham played for the Steelers between 1976-85.

In 1974 Clemson's season long slogan was "Excitement Galore in '74". Cunningham did his part in the 7-4 season that included a perfect 6-0 home record, with seven touchdown receptions among his 24 catches, the most touchdown receptions ever by a Clemson tight end and one of the top five totals nationally that season for tight ends.

Cunningham was named a first-team AP All-American that season. Cunningham currently resides in Westminster, South Carolina and works as a career counselor at the West-Oak High School in Westminster.

Credit to http://www.shrine-bowl.com/oldsite/SC%20Players/bennie_cunningham.htm

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(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”). Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com