Gunther Cunningham Passes Away at Age 72

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In less than ideal news, it was recently announced that former Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham has passed away at the age of 72.

Cunningham holds a special place in many fans’ hearts for the fire and passion he coached with. Fans turned to social media to shared their sympathies and favorite memories. For me personally, very few things will touch me more than watching Gunther detail the moment he found out Derrick Thomas had been in the wreck that ultimately took his life.

Rest in peace Gunther, Chiefs Kingdom will always remember you.

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KCChef
KCChef

When he was HC , My Wife & Friends from Bozeman,MT Tracked him & the Team to their Hotel in Seattle … Very Gracious & Generous w/ his Time & Autographs … RIP Gunther … : (

Spider
Spider

I know he was the HC for a bit but I still think of him as an awesome DC. Those were some great defenses.

EAFOX

Love and respect to Gunther – he was and always will be our defensive coordinator. God better not screw up now or Gunther is going to chew him a new one.

upamtn

thanks for the fun times, Gunther … RIP and all that

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Gods speed Gunther! Thank you.

Leaf
Leaf

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Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

He’s like the polar opposite of Roberto Sutton. Gunth would be in your face letting you have it if you screwed up. Sutton just stood there arms folded across his chest like there was nothing to be done. The Chiefs have missed THAT fire since. Hope Spags can inspire that fire again.

stjoechief

I had heard he wasn’t doing well (a friend knows his son) so this isn’t a shock. A sad day though. He and Marty made a great pair. His defenses were fun to watch. James Hasty on a corner blitz, anyone?

Gochiefs58
Gochiefs58

Gunther Cunningham is the one who broke Ryan Leaf. As I remember it Leaf actually had a solid start to the season and then he ran into Gunthers defense at Arrowhead-he never recovered!

upamtn

Leaf coulda run into a paper bag and break …

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

I know I’m old, because 72 now seems like too soon. My first thought was, wow he was one of the more recent Head Coaches. 20 years went by too fast. Make this season a Championship one, Andy Reid! The clock is ticking.

Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street
Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street

The yellow glasses were thing of legend! “You bite the head off the snake, the body wiggles around for a bit and eventually dies.” Kill the head and the body dies, the head was the QB vs our pass rush. RIP Gunther!

CHIEFSandSABRES

He was truly a Chief. Even when he was up in Detroit, and I would see him on the television, I always thought of him as a Chief no matter what. Today just shows that, the majority of us growing up, while he was a coach here still respected what he brought to this team. Rest in Peace.

Fozzyboyd
Fozzyboyd

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a negative story about a fan meeting him, quite the opposite really, everyone I know who has met him thought pretty highly of him or the experience. I think that goes a long way in the way fans view him and see him as a Chief even though he was fired as HC and his second stint as a DC was just ok. He was passionate about the game, seemed like a pretty genuine guy, and generally pretty good to the fans without an insane amount of coachspeak. He spoke his mind, cursed like a sailor, and you couldn’t question his character or desire to win.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Exactly. Someone mentioned above, complete opposite of no-emotion Bob Sutton. Always loved seeing Gunther ripping into someone!

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

Loved me some Gunther! (Rest in Peace!)

This is the type of D coach Chiefs need & hope we have this year – FIRE, PASSION, RESPECTED BY PLAYERS. This year, it’s time to bring back the Chiefs D – of glory years!!

Briefly met him (got his autograph) at Mile High Stadium, after Chiefs played the Broncos – this is when visiting team fans could actually walk to the visitors bus area & meet the players – after the game. Old Mile High Stadium was great!

Say HELLO to Derrick Thomas & the other past Chiefs!
If anyone saw the ESPN documentary on Derrick Thomas – Gunther loved him like – a son!

Anthony Stratton

DT58 gave Gunther the biggest ‘welcome home’ hug.

MasterChief
MasterChief

…at 20 MPH… but it’s ok, they landed on a cloud. 🙂

RDD India
RDD India

R.I.P.. You will live in our memory, always.

Fozzyboyd
Fozzyboyd

Gunny wasn’t really that successful for us as a HC but I always liked him. He was a fiery and pretty good hearted. You could tell his players liked him and he was fun to watch in interviews. Wish his family the best and hope he’s in a better place.

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

Take a look at the rosters he was coaching in 1999-2000…woof. RIP Coach.

dragon6172
dragon6172

Pro Bowler Elvis Grbac not your cup of tea?

Fozzyboyd
Fozzyboyd

Yeah, I never thought he was given much of a fair shot as our coach. By that time, Peterson had sold his soul to try and bring in players to win a championship with Marty. The roster aged some and they didn’t care about character which brought in a few more problems. I can’t complain because I think Vermeil is a better coach and I’m glad we got him but I was always surprised he never got another shot. Same with Al Saunders, always thought he’d get another shot too but never did.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

I miss his fire.

Anthony Stratton

I miss his cursing…

zulu trader
zulu trader

Yeah, that mutherf**ker cussed like a sailor. He could runoff a litany of cuss words. He is a type of character that we won’t soon see again — and in this politically correct world, we might never see again. Son-of-a-bitch fuck mutherfucker shit hell

a man after my own heart!

Sudden
Sudden

R.I.P. Gunny

Anthony Stratton

Love that guy…