Sonny Jurgensen

Football Player
Born Aug 23, 1934

Christian Adolph "Sonny" Jurgensen III is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

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1934 Birth Born on August 23, 1934.


1954 19 Years Old Jurgensen attended and played college football at Duke University. He joined the varsity team in 1954 as a backup quarterback behind Jerry Barger and he completed 12 of 28 passes for 212 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. … Read More


1955 20 Years Old Jurgensen took over as starting quarterback in 1955. … Read More
1956 21 Years Old Jurgensen's senior season in 1956 did not start well, when Duke lost to South Carolina, 7–0, in the season opener. … Read More
1957 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Jurgensen was drafted in the fourth round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
1961 26 Years Old After Van Brocklin retired in 1961, Jurgensen took over as Philadelphia's starter and had a successful year, passing for an NFL record 3,723 yards, tying the NFL record with 32 touchdown passes, and was named All-Pro.
1963 28 Years Old Following an injury-plagued 1963 season, Jurgensen was traded to the Washington Redskins on April 1, 1964 in exchange for quarterback Norm Snead and cornerback Claude Crabb.
1964 29 Years Old Jurgensen took over play-calling for the Redskins during the 1964 season. … Read More


1965 - 1967 2 More Events
1968 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He missed much of the 1968 season because of broken ribs and elbow surgery.
1971 36 Years Old …  However, Billy Kilmer started in place of Jurgensen, who was again bothered by injuries in 1971 and 1972. … Read More
In 1974, at the age of 40 and in his final season, Jurgensen won his third NFL passing crown even though he was still splitting time with Kilmer.


1983 48 Years Old …  He was then inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.


1999 64 Years Old In 1999, Jurgensen was ranked the ninth best sports figure from North Carolina by Sports Illustrated and became a member of Wilmington's Walk of Fame in 2004.
2006 71 Years Old On a 2006 NBC 4 broadcast with George Michael, Jurgensen said in his prime he was able to throw the ball 80 yards.
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