|Intro||American football player|
|Was||American football player Football player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||24 October 1972, Aurora, USA|
|Death||18 February 2019, Aurora, USA (aged 46 years)|
Anthony "T. J." Cunningham Jr. (October 24, 1972 – February 18, 2019) was a safety in the National Football League, playing for the Seattle Seahawks in 1996. Cunningham decided to retire after only one season. He played college football for Colorado.
Early life and education
Cunningham was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Overland High School.
After his star football career in high school, Cunningham attended college at the University of Colorado Boulder, playing football there as well.
Cunningham was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 6th round (209th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. That year, Cunningham played in nine games before injuring his knee against the Oakland Raiders. He was released on August 25, 1997 after being placed on the physically unable to perform list a week prior.
After his playing career, Cunningham returned to his hometown and worked at William C. Hinkley High School, part of Aurora Public Schools, as its assistant principal.
On February 17, 2019, Cunningham was shot at Eaglecrest High School in Arapahoe County by a neighbor following an ongoing dispute over a parking space. He had met with the suspect, Marcus Johnson, at the parking lot to "box it out", when Johnson shot him three times. He died the following day as a result of his injuries. Johnson is being charged with first-degree murder.