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6. Sonny Jurgensen

Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957, Sonny Jurgensen was the Eagles’ backup when they won the 1960 NFL Championship.  Jurgensen took over after as their starting QB, leading the league in Passing Yards in both 1961 and 1962.  Jurgensen was hurt for much of 1963, and the Eagles deemed him expendable, and he was traded to the Washington Redskins for fellow QB, Norm Snead, and Cornerback, Claude Crabb.


Jurgensen fit perfectly in regards to the leading the Washington offense.  He went to the Pro Bowl in his first year in Washington, and he would lead the NFL in Passing Yards in both 1966 and 1967, setting a then-record in of 3,747.  That season, he also threw for a league-leading 31 Touchdown Passes.  In 1969, Jurgensen was a First Team All-Pro and was a Pro Bowler for the fourth time as a Redskin.   

As great as Jurgensen was in this time, he did not have the horses around him to help the Redskins make the playoffs.  In the 70s, he would help Washington make their first Super Bowl, but he was now replaced by Billy Kilmer, as Jurgensen’s injuries were compiling.  He played until 1974, retiring as a Redskin.

Overall with the Redskins, Jurgensen threw for 22,585 Yards with a TD-INT Ratio of 179-116.  These were outstanding numbers for his era.  Jurgensen would be named to the 1960s All-Decade Team, and in 1983 he received the call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In 2022, Washington retired his number 9.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles for Norm Snead and Claude Crabb after the 1963 Season.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1974 Season.

  • Games Played: 135
  • Notable Statistics:

    108 Games Started
    1,831 Pass Completions
    3,155 Passing Yards
    58.0 Pass Completion Percentage
    22,585 Passing Yards
    179 Touchdown Passes
    116 Interceptions
    83.9 Passer Rating
    116 Rushing Attempts
    381 Rushing Yards
    10 Rushing Touchdowns
    1 Reception
    -3 Receiving Yards
    102 Approximate Value

    1 Playoff Game
    6 Pass Completions
    12 Pass Attempts
    50.0 Pass Completion Percentage
    78 Passing Yards
    0 Touchdown Passes
    3 Interceptions
    31.2 Passer Rating

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1969)
    Pro Bowl (1964, 1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Pass Completions (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Pass Attempts (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Passing Yards (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (1967)
    Highest Passer Rating (1967)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Pass Completions per Game (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (1970)

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