Wednesday, December 17, 2008

'Slinging Sammy' Baugh, R.I.P.

An all-time NFL great, dead at 94:
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.
"There's nobody any better than Sam Baugh was in pro football," said Don Maynard, a fellow West Texas Hall of Famer who played for Baugh, in a 2002 interview. "When I see somebody picking the greatest player around, to me, if they didn't go both ways, they don't really deserve to be nominated. I always ask, 'Well, how'd he do on defense? How was his punting?"'
What used to be called a "60-minute man."

1 comment:

  1. HTTR. He was the original great football player.