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An Ode To The Career of Sonny Jurgensen

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 16, 2013 – 4:18 pm

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[With nine days until the start of training camp, we take a look back at a unique, fond farewell to Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen following his retirement in 1974. ]

After a disappointing 1963 season that saw the Washington Redskins finish below .500 for the seventh consecutive year, changes were a must.

Step one—trading for a successful quarterback who had future Hall of Famer written all over him.

In a move that Eagles fans most assuredly wish was a simple April Fools’ Day joke, the NFC East foes swapped quarterbacks in perhaps the most lopsided trade in NFL history.

Over the next decade, Jurgensen supplied Redskins Nation with a bevy of memorable moments to include four Pro Bowl appearances. His spiral was a thing of elegant beauty and after hanging up his helmet following the 1974 season was written this poem by Sir Fredrick of Austin.

At the conclusion of minicamp, we started to highlight some of the greatest players in franchise history based on their numbers to signifying how many days are left until the start of training camp.

For some, summarizing their playing days into one article was fairly simple. They might have spent a few years here in our Nation’s Capital and had some great performances along the way, but smushing No. 9’s career into one post wouldn’t serve his career the right justice it deserves.

That’s when I luckily stumbled upon Farewell To Sonny J..


For those of you who aren’t from The Lone Star State, ‘pokes is derived from cowpokes or the more commonly known cowboys.

Make a little more sense now?

In 17 games against Dallas, Jurgensen threw for over 3,700 yards and 27 touchdowns to include his legendary1967 performance where he threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns.

Jurgensen’s biggest accomplishment, though, was when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 following an 18-year career in which he amassed 255 touchdowns, 32,224 yards and had an overall quarterback rating of 82.6.

We all can’t wait for Sundays this fall too , for come Week 17 we’ll beat Big Blue.

Hail to the Redskins!

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