Sam Cunningham blasts into Pats HOF

New England Patriots fans have voted Sam "Bam" Cunningham into the team's Hall of Fame.

He was selected ahead of two other finalists, center Jon Morris and defensive tackle Houston Antwine.

Cunningham was the Patriots' all-time leading rusher when he retired with 5,453 yards and 43 touchdowns.

"As a fan, I loved Sam 'Bam' Cunningham," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "He was an old-school fullback, who would punish would-be tacklers. Yet his signature carry was the one where he would leap over the line of scrimmage at the goal line to score a touchdown."

Cunningham was the fullback on New England's 50th anniversary team. He led the Patriots in rushing six times during his nine seasons and went to a Pro Bowl.

He had an epic season in 1978, rushing for 1,015 yards while leading the Patriots with 42 receptions. That year, the Patriots set an NFL record that would stand for 31 years with 3,165 rushing yards.