Sammy Baugh is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held the quarterback position for the Washington Redskins from1937 to 1952. Baugh is a two-time NFL champion, a Pro Bowler, and a two-time NFL Player of the Year.
Born on March 17, 1914 in Illinois, he was the quarterback of Sweetwater High School’s football team. He went on to play baseball, basketball, and football for the Texas Christian University. In the 1937 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Washington Redskins as the sixth overall pick.
During his rookie season, he was a punter, a defensive back and a quarterback. Baugh went on to lead his team to the NFL championship game where they won against the Chicago Bears. His record of having the most passing yards at 335 by a rookie quarterback was only broken in 2012 by Russell Wilson.
They were victorious against the Bears again in the 1942 Championship Game. In 1943, he had one of the best single performances by a professional football player when topped the league in interceptions, punting, and passing. He recorded a 70.33 completion percentage during the 1945 season which remains the fourth in the top list. In 1948 to 1949, he was the leader in completion percentage for the sixth and seventh times, respectively, in the NFL.
Baugh retired after the 1952 season, As a coach, he worked with the Hardin–Simmons from 1955 to 1959, the New York Titans from 1960 to 1961, Houston Oilers in 1964. His career player statistics are 31 interceptions, 338 punts, 45.1 punting average, 21,886 passing yards, 72.2 passer rating, and 187–203 touchdowns-interceptions.
Baugh is a College Football Hall of Famer and a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
• 2-time NFL champion (1937, 1942)• Pro Bowl (1951)• 6-time First-team All-Pro (1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948)• 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1938, 1939)• 2-time NFL Player of the Year (1947, 1948)• 4-time NFL passing yards leader (1937, 1940, 1947, 1948)• 2-time NFL passing touchdowns leader (1940, 1947)• 3-time NFL passer rating leader (1940, 1945, 1947)• NFL interceptions leader (1943)• 70 Greatest Redskins• Washington Redskins No. 33 retired• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team• NFL 1940s All-Decade Team• Second-team All-American (1935)• Consensus All-American (1936)• TCU Horned Frogs No. 45 retired