An ESPN College Football Broadcaster Quit Because Of The Sport's Safety Concerns

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 31, 2017

He was a captain for the Washington Huskies football team that won the National Championship in 1991.

Cunningham told the Times that he was free from the symptoms of CTE, and hopes to spend more time with his young children. He wanted to more time to devote to his budding career as a film producer. "I can just no longer be in that cheerleader's spot".

"In its current state, there are some real dangers", Cunningham said.

A college football analyst who worked for ABC and ESPN has resigned from his position because he said, "I just don't think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it's unacceptable".

Ed Cunningham will not be calling college football games for ABC or ESPN this fall, a job he had been accustomed to doing for almost 20 years. Among them were when former Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard, now the Cardinals' quarterback coach, suffered a concussion in 2007, but was cleared to play a week later; and this past January when former Iowa quarterback C.H. Beathard suffered multiple hits in the Outback Bowl against Florida.

Cunningham opened up to the New York Times in a story published Wednesday, saying he stepped away from the Worldwide Leader during its late-April layoffs because he could not continue working in a sport that compromised his conscience.

Cunningham understands the future outlook of the sport hinges on more safety, especially at the youth and college levels, and he has suggestions on ways to make the game safer. Earlier this month, a New Jersey high school dropped its varsity football program following decreased participation.

He cited injuries, specifically traumatic brain injuries, as the reason he could no longer do the job in good faith.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health", Borland told ESPN about his decision at the time.

"I was being paid a really nice six-figure salary for not a lot of days of work, and a live television gig that, except for nonsports fans, people would beat me up to take", Cunningham said.

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