Not many will agree with me, but I truly believe Cunningham to be one of the greatest NFL athletes of all time and the most gifted quarterback of all time.
Cunningham not only led his team in rushing yards as a Quarterback, he was also a deadly pass threat as well.
Playing most of his career behind a faulty offensive line, he led the league in sacks five times.
Yet in all but one of those seasons, he finished with a winning starter record.
In total, the man compiled nearly 5,000 yards rushing and 35 TDs, and in 30 less starts playing around the time of Aikman, threw for over 40 more TDs while throwing less picks as well.
His win-loss record?
82-52-1, the man was a winner much the same.
His playoff record stood at 5-7, but that should be explained.
One of those losses came against the powerhouse 91 Red Skins while two came to the Aikman led Cowboys.
What is that you say?
Aikman beat Cunningham in the playoffs twice?
Yes he did, on a far superior team with the all time rushing yards leader Emmitt bloody Smith.
Who did Cunningham have?
But I digress, the greatest season in Cunningham's career came arguably in 1998 when, after leaving Philadelphia after a few injury plagued seasons and getting benched as an aging veteran to Brad Johnson, he destroyed the league.
Cunningham, in 14 starts, passed for 34 TDs with offensive weapons in Cris Carter, Randy Moss, and finally with a solid offensive line.
Cunningham was named first team all-pro and finished second in MVP voting to one Terrell Davis, the guy who happened to break the 2,000 yard mark that season.
The saddest crap I have ever had to witness as an NFL fan came later that season in the NFC Championship game.
The Vikings' defense went easy on the upstart Falcons, who are to date the luckiest 14-2 team in league history.
The Vikings were up by seven late in the fourth quarter with a chance to go up by 10 and effectively win the game.
Then Gary Anderson, who had not missed a kick in two years and who was 14 of 14 from 40+ yards that season, missed a 37 yarder...indoors...at home.
Choke job of a lifetime.
Falcons managed to somehow win the game, and Cunningham never won the Super Bowl that surely would have sent him to the Hall of Fame.
Now, he's a questionable induction after three years of eligibility coming to a fourth.
What I call bull crap.
The man was a weapon, the likes of which we may never see (Michael Vick was not the passing threat Cunningham was) and won three Bert Bell Awards.
Aikman did what with Emmitt Smith and one of the greatest offensive lines ever built?
Oh yes, manage games and win three Super Bowls.
Did anyone ever see Super Bowl XXVIII or Super Bowl XXX against the Bills and Steelers?
I don't recall Aikman leading his team to victory; I recall the defense stepping it up and capitalizing on turnovers in both those games in a pretty close finish in XXX, by the way.
Cunningham over Aikman with all the reasons stated above, good day.