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Washington Redskins Top Ten Greatest Draft Successes: Sammy Baugh

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When you think draft successes, certainly you allow your mind to wander all the way back to 1937, right?

"Slingin' Sammy" was the 6th overall pick in the 1937 NFL Draft. Let's see if he qualifies as a draft success:

7-time First-team All-Pro (twice on the Second-team)

Named NFL Player of the year twice (1947, 1948)

Charter Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Yeah, I'd say he qualifies. In addition to these honors reserved for the league's finest, he also is credited with putting the forward pass on the map in the NFL. His number 33 is the only jersey retired by the Redskins (the only officially retired jersey I should say).

You want more value from your #6 overall pick? How about this--he set NFL records at three positions: quarterback, punter and defensive back. He averaged over 45 yards per punt...for his CAREER. I am pretty sure he is the only player to ever lead the league in passing, punting and interceptions (as a defensive back) in one season.

Sammy Baugh was certainly one of our greatest draft successes and should never be forgotten in Redskins Nation.

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