clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Washington Redskins Top Ten Greatest Draft Successes: Sammy Baugh

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.

Are You Smarter Than The Experts?
Correctly predict the first 32 picks of the 2011 NFL Draft and you’ll win $10,000,000!
Enter at
Here We Go

Enjoy Responsibly ©2011 Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bud Light® Beer, St. Louis, MO. ©2011 NFL Properties LLC. All NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. No Purchase Necessary. Contest open to U.S. residents (except CA) 21+. Contest begins 12AM CDT on 4/1 and ends 5:59:59PM CDT on 4/28. See Official Rules for complete details. Void where prohibited.