Doug Cunningham

Doug CunninghamBorn: September 14, 1945
Died: January 13, 2015
Hometown: Louisville, MS
Year of Induction: 2014

High School

  • Three-sport letterman at Louisville High (1959-63) who led team to championships in football, baseball and track.


  • Played halfback and wingback for Hall of Famer John Vaught at Ole Miss, averaging more than nine yards every time he touched the ball.
  • Helped Rebels achieve a 20-12-1 record his three varsity seasons.
  • All-SEC in 1966.
  • Ole Miss Hall of Fame, 1994.



  • Played for the San Francisco 49ers 1967-73 and the Washington Redskins in 1974, excelling as a kick returner.
  • Averaged nearly 24 yards per kickoff return and nine yards per punt return for his career.

Did You Know?

Best-selling author John Grisham was a Doug Cunningham fan and wrote years later about Cunningham’s game-changing punt return for a touchdown in a 1966 game, the first college football game Grisham ever attended.