Slingin' Sammy Baugh Completes His Last Pass

12/18/08 in NFL   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

One of the all-time greatest football players passed on yesterday. Especially now that we have been reflecting on which of three college quarterbacks deserved the Heisman trophy, it seems appropriate to remember the accomplishments of Sammy Baugh. Dreaming of a career in professional baseball, he went out for college football as an afterthought but became the starting quarterback and led TCU to two bowl games. Not the first pick in the NFL draft, he almost single-handedly reinvented the forward pass and led the Washington Redskins to the NFL title as a rookie in 1937. Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, please note. He was the only player to have led the NFL in passing, defensive interceptions (can you imagine a modern quarterback playing DB?), and punting. Not a bad punter, he still holds the record for season average (51.4 yards) and is second in career average. All of this is like having Joe Montana, Night Train Lane, and Ray Guy in a single player. Baugh and George Halas were the only unanimous selections of the initial inductees into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Godspeed, Sammy.
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