Slingin' Sammy Baugh, 94, a record-setting passer, punter and defensive back who led the Washington Redskins to two National Football League championships in 16 seasons with the team and whose wide-open style of play helped usher professional football into the modern era, died Dec. 17 at Fisher County Memorial Hospital in Rotan, Tex.
Baugh, a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame, had lived for the past few years at a nursing home in the small West Texas town of Jayton, about 30 miles from his beloved Double Mountain Ranch. His daughter-in-law, Jean Baugh, said he died of kidney failure and pneumonia. Doctors told her his body just wore out.
According to legend, Washington Redskins coach Ray Flaherty once diagrammed a deep pass play for his team, then remarked to his passer, Sammy Baugh, "When the end cuts way down here, Sam, I want you to hit him in the eye." Baugh, knowing the accuracy of his arm, asked, "Which eye, coach?"
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