Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh, one of the greatest quarterbacks (and punters) of all time, has died at the age of 94.
Said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, in a release: “Sammy Baugh embodied all we aspire to at the Washington Redskins. He was a competitor in everything he did and a winner. He was one of the greatest to ever play the game of football, and one of the greatest the Redskins ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.”
Baugh joined the Redskins in 1937, when the team moved from Boston to Washington.
In 1943, he led the league in passing, punting, and pass interceptions (while playing defense, not while doing the Brett Favre chuck-and-duck).
Baugh also had a great sense of humor. After the Bears blasted the Redskins for the 1940 NFL title by a score of 73-0, a reporter asked Baugh if the outcome would have been different if a touchdown pass hadn’t been dropped by one of Baugh’s teammates.
“Yeah,” Baugh said. “It would have made it 73-7.”
Here’s a quick look at how Baugh used to do it, in the days that laid the foundation for the sport we now know.