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Former NFL player up for Academy award

Former Seahawks and Cardinals center Ed Cunningham spent five years in the NFL.

Only 42, he’s quickly carved out a role in the movie business that will keep him working in film for a lot longer than five years.

Cunningham produced the documentary Undefeated which is nominated for an Oscar in the documentary film category. The story follows an Memphis inner city football team through the 2009 season and opens this weekend in L.A. and New York.

“Because of my day job, I’ve kind of shied away from direct sports material as a producer,” Cunningham told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “But I just kind of had a sense, along with my partners, that this would see beyond the field and really dive into the lives of these young men and the volunteer coach profiled in the film.”

Cunningham has produced three documentaries, including the fantastic “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”

I’m a huge dork for sports documentaries and Oscar-nominated documentaries, so I couldn’t be much more excited about this movie.  [Editor’s note:  He’s a huge dork generally.]

Now I just need to convince my wife it’s a good idea for me to leave her alone with our baby so I can see it this weekend.

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9 Responses to “Former NFL player up for Academy award”
  1. kandh2004 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    I have to agree that Kong doc was a great movie.

  2. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 17, 2012 4:43 PM

    We’ll go along with the “dork” part, G., but “huge”? C’mon.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    Oh, I thought it was the giants defenders who faked those injuries. But considering we all knew they were faking: No Oscar for You!

  4. Deb says: Feb 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Oh, congratulations to Cunningham!!! Can’t wait to see it!! Doesn’t your wife like sports documentaries?? Did you think about getting a sitter and asking her to go? Date night–dinner and a movie?

  5. jbcommonsense says: Feb 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    Thank you. I highly recommend ”Hoop Dreams” if you have not seen it.

  6. nupicasso says: Feb 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    It’s academy awards or the oscars… Not the Oscar Awards

  7. shackdelrio says: Feb 17, 2012 5:16 PM

    He’s also had a nice career so far at ESPN.

  8. rajbais says: Feb 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    Who’s next, Terry Crews???

    People, his career went from 1991 till 1995. Yep, Cheeseburger Eddie from ‘The Longest Yard’ played in the NFL.

  9. august1969 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    Billy Mitchell kills it with that mullet. Steve Weibe never even saw it coming.

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