Former Lions Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham Passes Away At 72

Former Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has passed away at 72 according to the team after a battle with cancer. 

Evan Jankens
May 13, 2019 - 10:46 am
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Former Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has passed away at 72 after a battle with cancer, according to the team 

The Lions released the following statement:

“Gunther Cunningham will forever be remembered as one of the great men of our game. He left a lasting impact on every person who was fortunate enough to work alongside him during his more than 47 years as a coach - including 34 years in the National Football League, the final eight of which were spent here in Detroit. Our organization is truly honored and proud to have been included in his distinguished coaching legacy. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his wife, René, and their entire family.”

Cunningham was the Lions D-Coordinator under Jim Schwartz from 2009-2013 as well as a senior coaching assistant under Jim Caldwell for three years.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Cunningham is survived by his wife, Rene, and two children, Natalie and Adam.