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.