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.
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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