Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sammy Baugh- 1914-2008

Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh passed away yesterday at the age of 94. He was the last surviving member of the inaugural class of the NFL Hall of Fame. Baugh began his NFL career in 1937 as a member of the Washington Redskins. He played in an era where players played in all facets of the game, not just offense or defense. Baugh was a stand out quarterback, defensive back, and punter. He still holds NFL records in punting with highest career punting average (45.1 yards) and highest single season punting average (51,4 yards). He revolutionized the passing game and earned the nickname Slingin' Sammy Baugh. He still holds Washington Redskins career records with 187 touchdown passes, highest single season completion percentage of 70.3% (which is 2nd highest ever in the NFL) and his 31 career interceptions is third highest in team history. His #33 jersey is the only Redskins jersey number that has been "officially" retired by the team.


  1. Oh wow, Dick... I had no idea Sammy Baugh was even alive. All my life, I assumed he had died already.

    Won't be many modern-day NFL players making it to 94, I reckon.

  2. You are probably right. With the increased size and speed of these guys they just take too much of a pounding. Takes it toll on the body

  3. Oh, and by the way, the picture in the post if from my personal collection



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