Sammy Baugh, considered one of the greatest Redskins of all time, passed away on Dec. 17, 2008. He was 94.
Baugh grew up in Sweetwater, Tex., and starred at Texas Christian University from 1934-36, leading the Horned Frogs to a national championship.
He joined the Redskins as a first-round draft pick in 1937 and found instant success, guiding the franchise to an NFL championship in his first year in Washington. He led the Redskins to their second NFL championship in 1942.
Baugh was a three-way player, serving as a quarterback, defensive back and punter. Known as "Slingin' Sammy," he was the first NFL quarterback to make the forward pass a key component of his game.
Baugh played in 165 games and completed 1,693-of-2,995 passes for 21,886 yards, 187 touchdowns and 203 interceptions.
As a defensive back, Baugh recorded 31 career interceptions. As a punter, he had a 45.1 career punting average.
Baugh would go on to set numerous NFL and Redskins passing records.
A colorful character to boot, Baugh attained celebrity status in Washington, D.C., and in the NFL during his playing days.
Simply put, they just don't make them anymore like Sammy Baugh.