NFL's Sammy Baugh Is Dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2008 9:46 PM CST
In this 1938 file photo, Sammy Baugh, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is shown at the Polo Grounds in New York.    ((AP Photo, File))
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(Newser) – Sammy Baugh, who helped revolutionize the NFL's passing attack at a time when teams ran almost every down, died today at age 94. Baugh joined the Washington Redskins in 1937 in the leather-helmet era when passing was reserved for desperate situations. Baugh passed whenever he liked and led the 'Skins to the championship his first year. When he retired 16 years later, he owned all the league's major passing records.

Baugh also was one of the best all-around players of his day. One season, he led the league in passing, defensive interceptions, and punting. "There's nobody any better than Sam Baugh was in pro football," said Hall of Famer Don Maynard. Baugh still holds Redskins records for career TDs (187) and completion percentage in a season (70.3). His 31 interceptions on defense are third on the team's career list. He still owns the league mark for single-season punting average (51.4).