April 1, 1964: Team Acquires QB Jurgensen

Posted by Chris Herting on April 1, 2013 – 4:52 pm


If you go back and take a look at the archives, the books will read that on this day, April 1, 1964, the Redskins acquired all-time great quarterback Sonny Jurgensen in a trade that sent QB Norm Snead to the Eagles. In fact, this day arguably marks one of the most important trades in franchise history.

Originally drafted in the fourth round in 1957, the Duke University product spent a majority of his 18-year career with the Redskins, winning three NFL passing titles and helping lead the team to the 1972 Championship game.

And if you don’t recall his first game against the team that traded him, a sort of ‘homecoming’ if you will, it was a historic one; the quarterback passed for 380-plus yards and five touchdowns marking the beginning of a special career in a burgundy and gold uniform.sonny_1

Although that was only one game lost in the shuffle of a stellar journey, he will be the first to admit that the game acted as a springboard to a long-time career with the Redskins as a player/color commentator – a position that he holds to this day.

He’ll also be the first to admit that his time in Washington, D.C. played a very important role in his life, even after his playing career was over.

But when all is said and done, Jurgensen’s biggest accomplishment might have come when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 following a career in which he amassed 255 touchdowns, 32,224 yards and had an overall quarterback rating of 82.6.

So today marks a celebration in remembrance of the trade that brought four-time Pro Bowler and beloved quarterback Sonny Jurgensen from archrival Philadelphia to the Nation’s Capital. Whether on the field or in the booth, number nine will always remain in the hearts of Redskins fans!


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  2. By Les Little on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    I have been a Redskin fan since the middle fifties when Eddie LeBaron was the quarterback. When the Skins traded for Sonny it made his career and mine. As I grow older I look back on those years as exciting years as a Redskin fan. After so many years as a team with a so so offense, we suddenly had an exciting offense. The team scored or moved the ball regularly. ( sort of like last year ) The only thing that kept us from championships was a defense that gave up as many points as we scored. No.9 will always be my favorite athlete of all time in all sports. (and I was a Mickey Mantle fan also) My son and grandson both were involved in sports and the number 9 was frequently on their backs. Thanks Sonny for so many memories.

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