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Former Clemson and Steelers tight end dies at the age of 63


Former tight end Bennie Cunningham died at the age of 63 due to cancer on April 23, 2018.

When Cunningham was with the Clemson Tigers in the 1970’s he was named an All American. He set the school's record with seven scoring catches. The record stood for 37 years. Current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Cunningham “one of the program's greatest players.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Cunningham from the Tigers in the 1976 draft. With the Steelers, he caught a touchdown pass in a victory over Houston in the 1979 AFC title game. He also caught two receptions in the Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams, according to USA Today.

Cunningham played 10 seasons with the Steelers, where he caught more than 200 passes. In 2007, he was named as a member of their all-time team.

Cunningham retired in 1985, and he returned to Clemson, where he earned his master’s degree in secondary education. He served as a guidance counselor in Westminster, S.C.