Case 4

Samuel Adrian Baugh

One of the best-known of the early NFL quarterbacks

Samuel Adrian Baugh  (1914 – 2008)

Nicknames: Sammy, “Slinging Sammy”


Sammy Baugh in his rookie year for the Washington Redskins was a professional quarterback, defensive back and punter.   That season Baugh played set an NFL record for completions with 91 in 218 attempts and threw for a league-high 1,127 yards.  He is credited for making the forward pass an integral part of the offensive play in the NFL.

Baugh played for the Redskins  from 1937-1952 and later coached for the New York Titans and Houston Oilers.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.