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Sammy Baugh Classic

The Sammy Baugh Story

Sammy BaughHigh School Career:

Sweetwater’s Newman High School, 1931-33 (junior and senior years)

No. 21

Position: Halfback

Born: March 17, 1914, in Temple, TX (family moved to Sweetwater when he was 16)

Until 1939, games were played at Newman Park (since 1939, the Mustang Bowl)

In early 1930s, Sweetwater utilized the halfback run-pass option, and Sammy was an elusive runner and a proficient passer

Mustangs lost to Amarillo in 1932 state quarterfinals

During his senior season, Sammy threw only one touchdown pass, yet received a scholarship to play collegiate football at Texas Christian University

No. 21 became the only jersey ever retired by Sweetwater, 2006

College Career:

Texas Christian University, 1933-37

No. 45

Position: Quarterback

All-Southwest Conference twice, 1935-36

All-American twice (1935 first team, 1936 consensus)

Finished fourth in balloting for 1936 Heisman Trophy

Led 1935 TCU to 3-2 Sugar Bowl win (in the mud) over LSU and TCU’s first national title
(SMU went 12-0 that year to win the AP national title)

Led 1936 TCU to 16-6 inaugural Cotton Bowl win over Marquette and was named MVP

Recipient of Rogers Trophy (TCU’s MVP award), 1936

Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame, 1951

Inducted into Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, 1999

No. 45 jersey , one of only two TCU numbers ever retired, 1993

Coached Hardin-Simmons University football, 1955-59 (23-28 record)

Professional Career:

Washington Redskins, 1937-52

No. 33

Positions: Quarterback, Punter, Defensive Back

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 182

High School: Sweetwater, TX

College: Texas Christian University

NFL Draft: No. 1 by Washington (sixth pick overall)

NFL Career: 16 seasons

All-NFL seven times

NFL passing leader six times

NFL passing, punting AND interception champion, 1943

Only player to lead NFL in an offensive, defensive and special teams category

Top punter in NFL history

Career records: 21,886 passing yds., 187 passing TDs, 45.1-yard punting avg., 31 interceptions

Only player in Redskins history to have his jersey (No. 33) retired

Charter member of Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1963 (as of 2006, only surviving member)

Led Redskins to NFL championship as a rookie, 1937

Named All-75th Anniversary QB (along with Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas and Otto Graham)
Named All-75th Anniversary Two-Way Team (as quarterback, defensive back and punter)

Named All-1940s Quarterback

Coached New York Titans (now New York Jets), 1960-61 (14-14 record), succeeded by Jk Sweetwater-born Clyde “Bulldog” Turner

Coached Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), 1964 (4-10 record)

NFL Records

10/31/43 Highest average passing gain, Game 18.58 yds 24 comp. for 446 yds – vs. Boston
1945 Sixth highest passing rating, Season 109.9 128-182 for 1,699 yds, 11 TDs, 4 INTs
1937-52 Career TD-to-attempt ratio, Career 6.24% 187 TDs on 2,995 att.
1937-52 Most seasons leading league in passing 6 1937-40-43-45-47-49
1937-52 2nd most seasons leading league in attempts 4 1937-43-47-48
1937-52 2nd most seasons leading league in completions 5 1937-43-45-47-48
1937-52 2nd most seasons leading league in comp pct 7 1940-42-43-45-47-48-49
1937-52 3rd most consecutive seasons leading comp pct 3 1947-48-49
1945 2nd highest completion percentage, Season 73.3% 128 comp on 182 att
1937-52 2nd most seasons leading league passing yards 4 1937-40-47-48
1937-52 Most seasons with fewest INT-per-attempt 5 1940-42-44-45-47
1937-52 Most career TD passes for Redskins 187
10/31/43 Most passing yards for Redskins, Game 446
1943, 47 Most passing TDs for Redskins, Game 6 10/31/43 and 11/23/47
11/14/43 Most interceptions, Game 4 Washington vs. Detroit
1940 Highest punting average, Season 51.4 yds 1,799 yards on 35 punts
1941 3rd highest punting average, Season 48.73 yds 1,462 yards on 30 punts
1937-52 Most seasons leading league in punting 4 1940-41-42-43
1937-52 Most consecutive seasons leading in punting 4 1940-41-42-43
11/51/39 3rd most punts, Game 14 Wash. vs. Philadelphia
1937-52 2nd highest punting average, Career 45.1 yds 15,245 yds on 338 punts
1942 2nd highest punting avg., Post-season game 52.5 yds Wash. vs. Chicago (6-315)
1937-52 Highest career punting average for Redskins 45.1 yds
1940 Highest season punting average for Redskins 51.4 yds
1943 Led NFL in punting (45.9 avg.), passing (133-239-1,754) and interceptions (11)

Notable Achievements

Passed for six touchdowns in a single game twice (10/31/43 and 11/23/47)

Has a street named after him in his current hometown of Rotan, TX

Named to the 50th Anniversary Team by the NFL, 1969

Named to the 75th Anniversary Team by the NFL, 1994

Named 3rd Greatest College Football Player by College Football News, 2003

Named 4th Greatest College Football Player by Sport Magazine, 1999

Named 3rd Greatest NFL Player of the 20th Century by the Associated Press

Named 11th Greatest NFL Player of the 20th Century by The Sporting News, 1999

Named 36th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by Burt Randolph Sugar, 1995

Named 43rd Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press, 1999

Named 64th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN, 1999