Sam Cunningham, MVP of the 1973 Rose Bowl and a USC legend, died on Tuesday. He was 71.
Cunningham scored 4 TD’s in the Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State and then became the career rushing leader of the New England Patriots with 5,453 yards.
He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
In later years, he experienced more fame from playing in the 1970 USC-Alabama game. Cunningham rushed for135-yards and scored 2 TDs in the 42-21 victory over the Crimson Tide.
Cunningham was an All-American in 1972. He was a friendly figure around USC and close friends with booster Wayne Hughes, who died August 18.
His nickname was Sam “Bam” Cunningham and his four TDs in the Rose Bowl still stand as a record.