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Sam "Bam" Cunningham recalls game vs. Bama

By Ralph D. Russo

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 7 2010 3:38 p.m. MST

Marie Tillman, widow of former Arizona State University football player Pat Tillman, addresses a news conference for the 2010 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Awards, in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Her husband is a member of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame class.

Richard Drew, Associated Press

NEW YORK — It was years after Sam Cunningham ran roughshod over the last all-white Alabama football team that he understood the significance of that game in 1970 between Southern California and Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide.

Cunningham ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and USC beat the Tide 42-21 in Birmingham that day in the first game of career that earned him Sam "Bam" a place in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Cunningham was among 14 former players and coaches who were to be inducted into the hall at the National Football Foundation's award banquet Tuesday night.

Among the other inductees were the late Pat Tillman of Arizona State, former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard of Michigan.

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