Redskins legendary QB Sammy Baugh, who was the last remaining member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, died today at the age of 94.
Mr. Baugh had battled Alzheimer’s and dementia in his later years, as well as low blood pressure, kidney problems and double pneumonia.
“It wasn’t the same Sam we all knew,” his son told The Associated Press. “He just finally wore out.”
Mr. Baugh was ahead of his time. While playing for the Redskins from 1937-1952, he was a brilliant passer before passing was the rage in the NFL. And, he was not only a top-flight QB, but he also punted and played defense. In one game he tossed four TD passes, while intercepting four more. He twice threw six TD’s in a game and once bombed an 85-yard punt.
Mr. Baugh still has the Redskins records for career touchdown passes (187) and completion percentage in a season (70.3). He retired with 31 INT’s for his career and still has the NFL record for single-season punting average at 51.4 yards.