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Sam “Bam” Cunningham will be inducted into Patriots Hall of Fame today

Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East for ESPN.com, writes on Patriots Hall of Fame inductee Sam Cunningham today.¬†Cunningham will officially be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this afternoon at a ceremony in the 4 o’clock hour.

The hard-charging fullback known as “Bam” to Patriots fans played all 10 seasons of his professional career in a New England uniform from 1973-1982. Cunningham had one of the greatest seasons at any position in Patriots history in 1977, when the Patriots set an NFL record with 3,165 rushing yards. The record hasn’t been legitimately approached despite the addition of two more regular-season games.

That year, Cunningham ran for a team-high 1,015 yards and four touchdowns and caught 42 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown. He went to the Pro Bowl the next season, running for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. Today, prior to the Patriots preseason opener versus New Orleans, Cunningham will become the 15th player inducted into the Hall at Patriot Place.

“We came, we put in our work as hard as we could and much as we could and for the fans and the people to appreciate it,” Cunningham told Graham. “At the end of the day, that’s all you want. You make your money, you spend your money and you do whatever you do. The appreciation factor is something that never goes away.”


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