“My first year of playing football was Mark’s first year coaching [at] University [in 1986], so I have an extremely close connection to him,” said Pourdanesh, who was born in Tehran, Iran, and whose family in 1983 moved to the U.S., where he learned how to play football under Cunningham. “I’m very proud to have been part of his program [as a player and assistant coach]. It’s … also very special that my boys [Alex and Julian] were able to play for him. Mark is the sort of man who you will never forget. I am certain that my boys will look back at their time with Mark and relish the experience.