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Friday, August 7, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Cunningham's impact

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham became something of a folk hero a few years ago when HBO caught his crusty act on film while filming the Kansas City Chiefs for "Hard Knocks." Cunningham has brought that lovable intensity to the Lions, apparently a welcome tonic to the doldrums of training camp.

A former Chiefs head coach, Cunningham went out of his way to say he likes working for the Lions and living in Detroit. He is keeping players on edge with intense blitz sessions, but he is also making each day interesting for the entire team in what he says is the swan song of his long career.

Cunningham: "This is my last stop. I may die out there [on the field], because I'm gonna give you everything I got. And I know Jim [Schwartz] and the staff is, too. And that's what we're trying to sell to the players -- who we're here for. We're not here for the money. We're here for this city and to make the fans cheer."

You can read more about Cunningham -- and find out which player joked that Cunningham is "missing a couple screws" -- in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and on

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