TCU Legend Sam Baugh Dies

Sam Baugh, a TCU football legend, died Wednesday night at the age of 94. Baugh, a two-time All-American, is an integral part of the Horned Frogs' proud football tradition.

TCU football legend Sam Baugh died Wednesday night at the age of 94 at Fisher County Hospital in Rotan, Texas.

Baugh, a two-time All-American, is an integral part of the Horned Frogs' proud football tradition.

In 2007, the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility was dedicated at TCU.

Baugh had an almost instant connection with the Horned Frogs. Born March 17, 1914 in Temple, Texas, before moving to Sweetwater, Baugh lived across the street from fellow TCU football legend and All-America center Ki Aldrich.

Baugh led the 12-1 Horned Frogs to the 1935 national championship. The season was capped by a Sugar Bowl victory over LSU and would be the first of two national titles in a four-year period for TCU.

In his final game for the Frogs, on New Year's Day 1937, Baugh led TCU to a 16-6 victory over Marquette in the inaugural Cotton Bowl. It capped a 9-2-2 campaign for the Frogs.

"Sam Baugh will always remain an integral part of TCU," Horned Frog athletics director Danny Morrison said. "His accomplishments have left an undeniable impact on our football program and the sport in general.

"TCU is extremely fortunate and honored to call Sam Baugh one of its own. Having his name on our indoor practice facility was just another way to honor his legacy. He will forever be known as one of the greatest Horned Frogs."

Baugh presided over a golden era of TCU football. The Horned Frogs' 29 victories from 1933-35 and 1934-36 trail only the 2005-07 period (30) for the most wins in a three-year stretch at TCU.

As a junior and senior, Baugh was the nation's leading passer and punter. While his quarterback exploits are well documented, his ability to kick was unheralded. In the 1935 Sugar Bowl win over LSU, Baugh punted 14 times with a water-logged ball for a 45-yard average.

"The TCU family lost one of its own today," Horned Frog head coach Gary Patterson said. "Sam Baugh was TCU!" Playing in an era without a face mask, Baugh was also a standout defensive performer known for his toughness and hard tackling. He was a 60-minute player.

After leaving TCU, Baugh made a smooth transition to the National Football League. As a rookie in 1937, he became the first quarterback to win a national championship in college and a title in pro football when he led the Washington Redskins to the NFL championship. Only Joe Namath and Joe Montana have accomplished the feat since.

Baugh completed a record 81 passes (about seven a game) and led the league with 1,127 yards in his rookie campaign. At the time, only six passers averaged three completions a game that year. He went on to lead the league in passing six times.

Baugh still holds Redskins records for career touchdown passes (187) and completion percentage in a season (70.3). His 31 interceptions on defense are third on the team's career list. He still owns the league mark for single-season punting average (51.4). Baugh played with the Redskins through 1952.

Baugh helped change the pro game by taking much of what he learned under TCU coach Dutch Meyer to the NFL. Those changes included further development of the forward pass and such plays as the hook and lateral, the halfback option toss and Statue of Liberty.

Baugh, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the last surviving member of that inaugural class.

Baugh had his high school, collegiate and professional jersey numbers retired by Sweetwater (21), TCU (45) and the Redskins (33).

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