Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach and long-time NFL assistant Gunther Cunningham died Saturday at the age of 72.
His wife, Rene, said in a statement Monday that Cunningham died in Detroit, where he had served as defensive coordinator and a senior coaching assistant for the Lions before retiring in 2016.
“Gunther Cunningham will forever be remembered as one of the great men of our game,” the Lions said in a statement. “He left a lasting impact on every person who was fortunate enough to work alongside him during his more than 47 years as a coach—including 34 years in the National Football League, the final eight of which were spent here in Detroit. Our organization is truly honored and proud to have been included in his distinguished coaching legacy.”
For more than 30 years, Cunningham was a staple personality among the NFL coaching world and will be missed. Rest in Peace Gunther!