Monday, December 17, 2012
Yearbook, Dec. 17: Two NFL legends lost
By Patrick Dorsey
Dec. 17, 2003 / Dec. 17, 2008: On this day not long ago -- nine years for one, and four for the other -- the NFL lost a pair of quarterbacking legends: Otto Graham and Sammy Baugh. Graham was 82. Baugh was 94.
Graham was no longtime quarterback, but the onetime Northwestern basketball player ended up a six-time passing leader (four in the All-America Football Conference, two in the NFL) passing leader and seven-time champion (four in the AAFC, three in the NFL) with the Cleveland Browns. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965.
His path, though, was carved by "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh, who started with Washington as a tailback -- back when those threw, too -- and who ended as the quarterback who helped make the forward pass a mainstay in the NFL. Baugh, who also punted, won two titles during his 16 years in D.C., and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963.