Safety Jordan Pugh was officially named the newest member of the Washington Redskins Monday, signing with the team following the knee injury to rookie safety Jordan Bernstine.
Pugh, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2010 out of Texas A&M, appeared in 27 games with three starts in 2010-11. He amassed 22 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
A quick look into Pugh’s background indicates it’s not too surprising to see him excelling at such a high professional level.
According to Pugh’s website, Pugh, 24, has two great-great uncles with impressive résumés.
One of Pugh’s great-great uncles, Marcus Clarkson, was a military pilot and World War II veteran. Pugh said he was among the famous Tuskgegee Airmen — the first group of African-American military pilots to fight during the war.
Another of Pugh’s great-great uncles, Buster “Buzz” Clarkson, enjoyed a long career as a professional baseball player and also is a World War II veteran.
An infielder who could hit for average, Clarkson played in the Negro Leagues and in the Mexican League before signing to play in Major League Baseball, which had integrated at that point. In 1952, as a 37-year-old, Clarkson played in 14 games with the Boston Braves — starting four — and had five hits in 25 Major League at-bats.
How cool is that?
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