December 18, 2008

Sammy Baugh, N.F.L. Great, Dies at 94 : In 1994, the N.F.L. named Baugh as one of four quarterbacks on its 75th-anniversary team. Baugh was among 17 inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 1963.

Baugh was taking the field for his first practice session with the Redskins when his coach, Ray Flaherty, handed him the football.

"They tell me you're quite a passer," Flaherty is said to have remarked.

"I reckon I can throw a little," Baugh replied.

"Show me," Flaherty said. "Hit that receiver in the eye."

To which Baugh supposedly responded, "Which eye?"

posted by tommytrump to football at 09:15 AM - 3 comments

Yeah, I reckon he could throw a little. God Speed Sammy.

posted by Tinman at 03:01 PM on December 18, 2008

I saw on ESPN that Baugh once led the league in passing, punting and interceptions simultaneously. Amazing stat.

Considering his age and his retirement in 1952, the youngest people who might remember seeing him play are in their 60s.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on December 18, 2008


posted by tommybiden at 07:57 PM on December 18, 2008

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