NFC East: Sammy Baugh
Dallas Cowboys (Jason Witten, 117)
Hey, nothing like a little Twitter war between the official Twitter accounts of two division rivals, right? I mean, talk about old-school. The Cowboys "wished" Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a happy birthday with a photo of DeMarcus Ware sacking him and saying they couldn't wait to see him in November. The Eagles, whose best two games of the 2011 season might have been their twin beatdowns of the Cowboys, shot back with a question about whether the poster had burned the 2011 game tapes. How many days until real football again?
If the third year in the NFL is traditionally a player's breakout year, the Cowboys have some candidates, including Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, John Phillips and Phil Costa. The Cowboys' official site has the rundown on potential third-year breakout guys. (And yeah, I know Lee broke out last year. So do they. Don't be so doggone nitpicky, mmkay?)
Philadelphia Eagles (Brent Celek, 105)
Yeah, I'm linking to Sheil Kapadia every day. Because how many people besides him are writing fresh stuff on the Eagles every day right now? His latest notes the appearances of Vick and DeSean Jackson on another NFL columnist's "biggest jerk" list, which is one of those lists that makes me ask, "How many days until real football again?"
Jason Brewer wonders if Jason Babin could lose snaps to a healthy Brandon Graham, making Babin a situational pass rusher, and still produce at a starter's level. Jimmy thinks he could, and I agree. It's all Babin likes to do -- pressure the quarterback. Babin himself will admit this if you ask him. I don't think he'd mind being deployed in situations where he had no other responsibilities.
Washington Redskins (Fred Davis, 90)
The dude accused of trying to extort money from Robert Griffin III has been on "Judge Judy." It's like day-and-a-half-old news, but I thought you'd like to know if you didn't already. Judge Judy. Have I asked yet when real football starts again?
And here's Griffin posing with the Hall of Fame bust of Sammy Baugh, with links to stories about his and the other NFL rookies' trip to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, while there as part of the rookie symposium. Sammy Baugh has never been on Judge Judy, and to my knowledge made no attempt to extort money from Griffin while this photo was being taken.
New York Giants (Jake Ballard, 78)
Chris Canty, the same guy who compared Jason Pierre-Paul to Reggie White the other day while up in Bristol, is apparently really into comparison. This time, he says Eli Manning is more clutch than Tony Romo. I think we can all basically sign off on that one, no? Two Super Bowl MVP awards, one attained by beating Romo along the way, yada, yada. What I want to know is how Eli compares to Reggie White.
When Mark Herzlich asks how many days until real football starts again, it's not because he's bored with the offseason. To hear Herzlich tell it, he lives for this time of year. You don't have to be a Giants fan to root for Herzlich, who's not out of the mix for a potential starting linebacker spot at some point down the road.
Only 19 players in league history have had four-interception games, and three of them played for the Redskins. Sammy Baugh ('43) and Dan Sandifer ('48) are the other Skins in the Quad Club. It's the second time this season a Skins defensive back has been honored by the league. Safety LaRon Landry received the same award in Week 5.
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The only problem with living to age 94 is that most of your friends aren't around to talk about you anymore. But legendary former Horned Frogs and Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh never cared much for adulation. He died Wednesday near his beloved ranch in Rotan, Texas, and he leaves behind some wonderful memories.
My friend and mentor Frank Luksa, a legend in his own right, delivered a touching tribute to Baugh this morning. Redskins fans may have heard rumors of Baugh's exploits, but Luksa pulls back the curtain on how the league was viewed in those days. Baugh was scared to death that his teammates would find out he was making $8,000 to play quarterback.
"It scared the livin' hell out of me because I thought someone would find out how much I was making," Baugh said. "It really gave me a strange feeling to know I was so overpaid when we had guys doing their job as well as I did and making less than $200 a game.
"We won the [NFL] championship that year, and Cliff Battles led the league in rushing. The next year, he asked for a $250 raise up to $3,000 a year, and Marshall wouldn't give it to him, so he quit.
"If I'd known what they were doing, I would have given him the $250 myself because after that first year, I was making $12,000."
You can still find Baugh in the NFL record books. He won six passing titles and four punting crowns while playing for the Redskins from 1937-52. He also tied an NFL record with four interceptions in a game (He played safety in addition to quarterback and punter). Baugh was the last living member of the original Hall of Fame class.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Baugh family today.
The great Sammy Baugh passed away Wednesday. He was 94. The Pro Football Hall of Famer starred at TCU before eventually joining the Redskins. He's one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and he was the oldest living Hall of Famer. Redskins owner Dan Snyder released the following statement about Baugh:
Sammy Baugh embodied all we aspire to at the Washington Redskins. He was a competitor in everything he did and a winner. He was one of the greatest to ever play the game of football, and one of the greatest the Redskins ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.