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Sam Cunningham highlights inductees

Updated: December 7, 2010, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- It was years after Sam Cunningham ran roughshod over the last all-white Alabama football team that he understood the significance of the game between Southern California and Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide in 1970.

"I realized that it was something very, very special when I'd be around black men who grew up in the Deep South and grew up underneath the culture of the time and they would get to talking about it," Cunningham said Tuesday. "I'd see the sparkle and joy ... in their eyes ...

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