The Sporting News recently ranked the Top Ten College Football Quarterbacks of all time, and coming in at #10 is former TCU gunslinger Sammy Baugh.
Baugh is one of just two non-modern era quarterbacks to stand the test of time, as the list features modern day stars Tim Tebow (#1), Peyton Manning, Vince Young, and Deshaun Watson, among others. The former Horned Frog quarterbacked the program from 1934-1936, winning a national championship in ‘35 under Dutch Meyer. Baugh was not only a two time All American as a football player, but starred in basketball and baseball - the latter of which he had a short professional career in before going to the NFL.
Baugh earned the name “Slingin’ Sammy” on the baseball diamond, but it was his work in bringing the forward pass to the forefront of college football that secures his place in the annals of all time greatness. Completing better than 50% of his passes in 1936 - a legitimately huge deal at the time - and still holding onto fifth place all-time at TCU in touchdown passes, Baugh is the oldest quarterback on the list but certainly deserving.
Drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round in 1837, Baugh starred at quarterback (setting the record for completions at the time), defensive back, and punter. He won two NFL Championships, led the league in passing a (still) record six times, is in the top five all-time for highest completion percentage in a season, and was a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, check out his career punting statistics: 338 punts, 15,245 yards, and 45.1 yards per average. He is the only player to lead the league in passing, punting, and interceptions in the same season.
A well-known graduate of TCU’s week three opponent, Drew Brees, was named an honorable mention.