Who is the greatest quarterback of all-time? That discussion is often limited to Joe Montana or John Elway if you are talking to somebody from the Madden generation. Johnny Unitas or Otto Graham if you are old enough or an NFL.com associate editor. Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon (he writes, too?) says that Sammy Baugh deserves to be mentioned with the greatest of all-time. Baugh often gets overlooked because his prime came well before NFL games were broadcast on Sundays.
- Hardly ever does the discussion roll back far enough to include Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, the greatest Redskin ever, without question, and almost certainly the first great passing quarterback in pro football history. That’s because Baugh, who lived to the age of 94, outkicked his coverage, as the old coaches like to say. Baugh lived longer than most of the people who adequately chronicle his extraordinary career. Right now, the 1958 NFL Championship game, a.k.a “The Greatest Game Ever Played” is being celebrated as the beginning of modern professional football.
- Baugh retired six years before that game was played. He retired before games were routinely broadcast on television. You have to be approaching 70 years old to have seen him play for the Washington Redskins, and it almost had to be in person. MORE