Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sammy Baugh, 1914-2008

Sammy Baugh, arguably one of the greatest players in NFL history, has died. If you ever get a chance to see any footage of “Slingin’ Sammy,” take a look because his throwing accuracy was uncanny. He really changed the game, making the forward pass into a primary offensive weapon. But in reading the obituries, I have noticed that what has been lost in time is Baugh's all-around ability: in 1943 he lead the NFL in passing, punting, and interceptions. I am sure his "Triple Crown" feat will never be matched.

Baugh was one of 17 men to make up the inaugural class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. That group included Red Grange, George Halas, Bronko Nagurski and Jim Thorpe. Baugh was the last surviving member of the inaugural class.


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