One day in the early 1990s Jurgensen visited Baugh at his Texas ranch for a television special. Naturally the two talked football.
This is what I wrote about the visit in my book, Stadium Stories: The Washington Redskins:
They talked about defenses and how they reacted to certain situations and receivers. As Baugh did this, Jurgensen watched with pleasure as the 80-something ex-quarterback became more animated, spitting tobacco into a tin coffee can. He'd demonstrate this pass or another pass. He also happened to, um, urinate in the bathroom while still miked, providing a few chuckles for the camera crew. Then there was the cussing. In the three-hour taped interview, many of the stories weren't usable because they were laced with salty language.
"That was one of the most enjoyable days I spent," Jurgensen said. "It was so much fun to talk to him about the game. He told me things I couldn't believe."
Baugh died today at the age of 94. As the late great sportswriter Shirley Povich once wrote of Baugh, "No one can claim his fame."
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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