Ed Cunningham, one of the top young football analysts in the industry, joined ABC Sports as a college football color analyst in August 2000. He will work with play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough and sideline reporter Leslie Gudel on the network's newest broadcast team.
Cunningam made his ABC Sports debut this August when he provided the color analysis for the network's coverage of Arena Bowl XIV. Previously, he was the color analyst for TNN's Arena Football League coverage.
Cunningham joins ABC Sports from CBS, where he spent the past three seasons (1997-1999) as a color analyst for the network's regional college football telecasts. Prior to joining CBS, he served as a color analyst for KUTP-TV's coverage of the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers from 1995-1999, while still playing in the NFL. During that time, Cunningham also provided weekly commentary on KGME Radio, Phoenix.
From 1993-1995, Cunningham hosted "On the Line with Ed Cunningham" and weekly Sunday night sports talk shows on KTAR Radio, Phoenix.
Cunningham, drafted 61st overall by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992, started four seasons as an offensive lineman with the Cardinals from 1992-1995. He played his final season, 1996, with the Seattle Seahawks.
Cunningham was a captain/offensive lineman on the 1991 Washington Huskies' National Championship football team. While playing at Washington, Cunningham was voted All-Pac 10, second-team All-American, and was a two-time Academic All-American. He co-produced, wrote, and narrated a video with Prime Sports Northwest on the Huskies National Championship season.
Cunningham, who lost 80 pounds in the transition from offensive lineman to broadcaster, was graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business finance in 1991. Born August 17, 1969 in Alexandria, Virginia, Cunningham now resides in Los Angeles, California.