Sam Cunningham, who starred at USC and in NFL, dies at 71

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1977, file photo, New England Patriots fullback Sam Cunningham (39), seems to be taking off from the ground as Miami Dolphins linebacker Steve Towle (56) charges in for the tackle during an NFL football game in Miami. Cunningham, an All-American fullback at Southern California whose performance against Alabama was credited for helping integrate football in the Deep South before he went on to a record-setting career with the New England Patriots, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at his home in Inglewood, Calif., according to USC. He was 71.