NFL Legend Randall Cunningham’s Daughter, Vashti, 18, Youngest Track Olympian In 36 Years
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Randall Cunningham was an exceptional athlete in his day, transforming the position of quarterback in the NFL with his elusiveness and mobility. Cunningham helped paved the way for not only mobile quarterbacks, but helped to shatter the stereotype that a Black man can be a signal-caller in the league.
Cunningham’s daughter, Vashti, 18, is the premier athlete of the family making the U.S. team after clearing 1.97 meters in the women’s high jump claiming second place in the Rio Olympic trials which took place at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR.
Randall Cunningham was gushing over his daughter following her victory saying, “This is greater than anything I’ve ever done.”
“It’s always better when you see your kids doing it. To watch her, when she got the 1.97, she just dug down deep and had to go get it and went and got it, and you know finishing with a silver at 18-years-old.
“I think about the hard work she puts in and how she just works to glorify God. You know, she’s been praying and doing everything. I just thank God for her, she’s a good little girl.”
Vashti recently graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV, the same school where Snoop Dogg’s son played football.
At the Rio Olympic trials, Vashti finished second behind Chaunte Lowe, 32, a veteran Olympic competitor who has been on the last three past consecutive US teams.
Lowe, who is a mother of three, claimed the top spot clearing 2.01 meters.
Lowe is excited about the team’s chances at the Rio Olympics with herself and Vashti.
“I think we may be able to see a sweep on the podium (in Rio),” Lowe told USA Today.
“I’m very appreciative, just to be able to go to the Olympics this year,” Cunningham said. “So I’m more thankful than disappointed.”
“It was a relief to qualify and just know that I was top three. At the same time, I still wanted to win. I always want to win.”
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