Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Sammy Baugh Dies at 94

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Sammy Baugh Dies at 94
Sammy Baugh, who set numerous passing records with the Washington Redskins in an era when NFL teams were running most every down, died Wednesday night, his son said. Baugh, who was 94 and had numerous health issues, died at Fisher County Hospital in Rotan, David Baugh said.

David Baugh said his father had battled Alzheimer's and dementia for several years. He had been ill recently with kidney problems, low blood pressure and double pneumonia."It wasn't the same Sam we all knew," his son told The Associated Press. "He just finally wore out."Sammy Baugh was the last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class.After starring at TCU, "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played with the Redskins from 1937 to 1952.

While he was noted for his passing, Baugh was one of the best all-around players of his day. One season he led the league in passing, defensive interceptions and punting. In one game, he threw four touchdown passes and intercepted four passes. He threw six touchdowns in a game — twice — and kicked an 85-yard punt.


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