One of the 47 members of the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame is Sammy Baugh, known as “Slingin’ Sammy.” This quarterback joined the Washington Redskins in 1937 and led them to their first NFL Championship. He was not just a great passing quarterback but he was also an exceptional punter and defensive back, a triple threat. New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick noted that Sammy Baugh would be a combination of Tom Brady, Brian Moorman and Ed Reed. That’s three All-Star players at their positions all rolled into one.
Baugh was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1st round of the NFL Draft in 1937 and paid $8,000 for one year. He instantly made the forward pass part of the evolving NFL offense. He led the Redskins to a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears for the NFL Championship by throwing 3 touchdown passes in the 2nd half of the game. He also led Washington to another NFL Title in 1942 with another victory, 14-7, over the Chicago Bears. In that Championship game, Baugh’s punting kept the Bears deep in their own territory and he fooled them with an 85-yard “quick kick.”
In 1943, the Washington Redskins played the Detroit Lions and “Slingin’ Sammy” threw 4 touchdown passes and had 4 interceptions playing defensive back. He set 13 NFL records and played 3 different positions. Two of his records at quarterback are most seasons leading the league in passing, 6, and most seasons leading the league with the lowest interception percentage, 5. He was 3rd in highest single-season completion percentage (70.33), most seasons leading the league in yards gained, 4, and most seasons leading the league in completion percentage, 7. His 51.4 yards per punt in 1940 is still an NFL record.
Sammy Baugh was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. He is one of the NFL’s Top 100 players of All Time. In 1994, he was made a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He loved the game of football and the Washington Redskins fans. Bear in mind that he did not have the protection, rules, and training equipment today’s players enjoy.
Sammy Baugh made Texas proud. He was born in Temple, Texas, attended Texas Christian University (TCU), and retired then passed away in Rotan, Texas on December 17, 2008. Just a good ole Texas boy who liked to throw a football through a swinging tire on a rope. HAIL. HTTR!
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