Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, 1914-2008

He’s arguably the greatest Redskin ever, lived an extraordinarily long time and undeniably kicked some ass. His demise this evening marks the passing of a football pioneer, a three-way star who tossed his leather helmet aside in 1952 and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. If you saw him play, you’re older than dirt, but we can all catch a glimpse:

Wikipedia has a measure of the man’s life, and the AP sums up his impact:

“When Baugh entered the NFL, the forward pass was so rare that it was unveiled mostly in desperate situations. But Baugh passed any time.”

Despite Mark Brunell’s best efforts, the league hasn’t been the same since.

May he rest in peace.

Bonus: Shirley Povich’s ’37 championship game story (via Redskins Insider)

Update: Thomas Boswell remembers Baugh as the Babe Ruth of football, and NBC4 shares the Sonny and Sammy interview from 1994.

7 thoughts on “Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, 1914-2008”

  1. I don’t think there is much doubt that he was the greatest Redskin of all time. He is probably on of the 10 greatest players in the history of the game. He played QB, S and P throughout his career. The man threw 4 TD and had 4 INT in one game. He also had a single season punt average of 51 yards. The list could go on forever.

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