Why would you ever trade a 24-year old quarterback who’s best years were ahead of him and was the No. 2 overall pick just three years earlier for a quarterback who was turning 30 years old before the upcoming season and wasn’t getting any younger?
Because that 30-year old would produce magical season after magical season en route to enshrinement in Canton.
This swap of course is the one involving Norm Snead and Sonny Jurgensen. In the pantheon of most lopsided trades in sports history along with the Babe going to New York from Boston and the Warriors sending Wilt the Stilt out the door, the Redskins picked the Eagles’ pocket clean.
Determined to show them an “old man” can still man a team even after joining the 3o Club, Jurgensen had one of the greatest individual performances in NFL history in his first game against the team that drafted him.
Per Christopher Williams of Yahoo!, the trade was one that crept up on Eagles fans and sent shock waves through the fan base.
When asked if the trade was unexpected, Jurgensen said, “Sure, I was surprised.”
Most Eagles fans were also surprised by the deal. Although many had grown increasingly restless with Jurgensen’s signal-calling, they didn’t see the acquisition of Norm Snead as an upgrade.
In the first head-to-head matchup of swapped colors, Jurgensen won the battle.
The Redskins won the war.
Jurgesen connected on three first half touchdowns before tossing a total of five. He also nearly threw for 400 yards.
Snead on the other hand, connected on only 35 percent of his attempts for a single touchdown.
The Redskins cruised to a 35-20 victory.
Nearly 50 years later with four Pro-Bowl appearances, a memorable Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a spot in the prestigious Ring of Honor and a seat in the Redskins Broadcast Network’s radio booth on his resume, fans have simply come to know the man as Sonny.
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