LeFlore High School alumnus Byron Cunningham has a big job — ensuring that multi-million-dollar athletes like Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald stay healthy and on the field for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.
Cunningham, a 1993 graduate of LeFlore, was promoted this week to the Rams’ Director of Rehabilitation and Assistant Athletic Trainer. In this role, he is responsible for the care, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries in coordination with the Rams’ head athletic trainer.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue my work with the Los Angeles Rams,” Cunningham said in a statement released by the Rams. “I’ve learned a great deal from my peers an the individual athletes and look forward to being challenged to implement unique rehabilitative practices and treatments.”
Cunningham is in his ninth season with the Rams and has overseen several player rehabilitation programs. In 2015, he and the rest of the Rams’ training staff were named the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.
With a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Florida A&M and a master’s in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy, Cunningham has also worked for four other NFL teams, the NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, the University of Illinois, and Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee, Ill.
“He does a good job making sure all of us get the treatment we need to be successful on the field,” Gurley, an All-Pro running back, said of Cunningham.