A Tribute To Sammy Baugh

Via request of our most frequent commenter, Michael, I’ve decided to take a few minutes to write up a quick post about Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.

Samuel Adrian Baugh was born on March 17, 1914 and passed away yesterday, December 17, 2008 at the age of 94. Baugh is widely accepted to be one of the greatest football players to ever step onto the gridiron. He could do it all, Baugh is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but also played safety and punter.

In addition to his success on the football field, Baugh was a great baseball player. His original dream was to play professional baseball and had a scholarship lined up to play for Washington State University until he got injured during a game, had his scholarship offer withdrawn and decided to instead go to Texas Christian University, where he played football as well as baseball and threw in basketball for good measure.

At TCU Baugh was a two time All-American, and finished fourth in voting for the 1936 Heisman. That year TCU won the Sugar Bowl in a 3 to 2 victory. The following year, he led his team to a victory in the first ever Cotton Bowl.

Baugh actually earned the name “Slingin’ Sammy” because of his play on the baseball diamond as a third baseman. Baugh tried his hand at professional baseball for a while before getting discouraged by lack of playing time and deciding to focus solely on football.

This is where the legend truly came to be. Baugh played for the Washington Redskins and had set 13 NFL records by the time he was done, two of which he still holds. In addition to this, Baugh earned numerous awards and honors among which were his 9 All-Pro selections, 6 All-Star/Pro Bowl selections, the Redskins retired his jersey number 33, and is obviously in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He collected many other honors as well, he even made it onto My All-Time NFL Team roster.

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  1. Thank you.

  2. Anytime.

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