Sonny Jurgensen
American football player
Sonny Jurgensen
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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Ex-NFL Players Reflect on Decision to Play Two Days After JFK's Assassination
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle made the tough decision to keep the NFL schedule intact, and on November 24, games were played. At the time, some believed that to be the wrong decision, and Rozelle, too, reportedly grew to regret the call. At the time, Newsday editors were critical of the league's decision to not delay. The rival AFL decided to cancel its slot of games. "The NFL learned its lesson. The league postponed all games scheduled for the weekend after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001," wrote Dan Shaughnessy in The Boston Globe on Thursday. Here's a look at what some former NFL players are saying this week as they look back: "It was an eerie, eerie atmosphere,'' Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton told the Pioneer Press. "I never played a game like that in my life because it was just so silent. No loud screaming. It was like a ghost town. I don't think much was said between the players. It was just very sombe ...
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Redskins GM: No Controversy Between RG3, Coach
NYTimes - over 3 years
Bruce Allen knows well the history of Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer in the '70s. Doug Williams vs. Jay Schroeder in the '80s. Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte in '90s.     
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Longtime Sportscaster Shelby Whitfield Dies At Age 77
Huffington Post - about 4 years
JACKSON, N.J. -- Former Washington Senators broadcaster Shelby Whitfield, who enjoyed a long career with AP Radio and ABC Radio, has died. He was 77. Whitfield died Tuesday at a rehabilitation center in Jackson, N.J. Whitfield called Senators games in 1969 and 1970. He later hosted a local radio show featuring guests such as Redskins quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. In 1974, Whitfield became the first sports director of AP Radio. He moved to ABC Radio in 1981 and retired in 1997. He oversaw coverage at the Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing, among many sports. Whitfield served in the U.S. Army and worked for what became known as the Armed Forces Network. He also co-authored a book with famed broadcaster Howard Cosell titled "What's Wrong with Sports."
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Barbara Bruno: NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 4 Contest
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Amidst surprising and never-to-be-seen-again jubilation that the NFL/Referee lockout is over, 32 football squads must still prepare for Week 4 of the NFL season. That preparation now involves trying to shut the barn door on dangerously aggressive play as the league hopefully pulls back from the Wild West version of the NFL. Quote of the Week: "The game [was] going back to the 60's and the Kardashians [were] refereeing it." - Cris Collinsworth on Showtime's Inside the NFL Thursday Night Football Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens. While most of us wouldn't wish a trip to the Purple Hole on our worst enemy (well, maybe our worst), fans who think that Cleveland will be clobbered are in for a surprise. Two starting Ravens defenders are in the questionable category on the injury report.* This would have inspired optimism in Browns fans, were it not for the absence of WR Mohamed Massaquoi and suspension of CB Joe Haden. Sophomore TE Jordan Cameron may be called upon ...
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Rooms with A View
Mount Vernon Patch - almost 5 years
In 2005, Linda St. Pierre was scouting waterfront property for her company to develop when a yellow villa on a bluff overlooking the Potomac caught her eye. Linda, owner of Ryan-Corcoran, LLC, a residential construction/development company, was looking for lots to build spec homes, and didn’t expect to find a new home for her family, then living in Old Town. But the Mediterranean-style, stone villa at 9326 Old Mansion Road, on lush property adjacent to George Washington’s Mt. Vernon mansion, was too compelling to ignore. Linda immediately called her husband, Patrick, an orthopedic surgeon, at Virginia Hospital Center. “I told him, ‘You’ve got to see this house!’ I loved the style and instantly knew this was a house I wanted. It’s a special property, one you don’t get again.” The couple met with the long-time owners of the house, former Washington Redskins football player Sonny Jurgensen, and his wife, Margo. The Jurgensens had purchased the villa and renovated it in 1967-68, Lind ...
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Who to watch this weekend - Gatorsports.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Grossman is the first Redskins quarterback since Sonny Jurgensen in 1969 to throw for over 300 yards in three of his first four starts. He could add another one in this game, as the Cardinals surrendered 422 passing yards to Carolina rookie and former
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NFL Sell Out : How Pandering To The Offense Has Ruined Quality Of Play - Gear Up For Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sonny Jurgensen set many team records in his career, and still holds on to a few this day. Jurgensen was first mentored by Van Brocklin with the Philadelphia Eagles, serving as his backup on the Eagles 1960 title team. He was traded to the Redskins in
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Redskins QB Rex Grossman: Can he do it again? - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST - Rex Grossman (8), center, became the first Redskins quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in three of his first four starts since Sonny Jurgensen in 1969. By Rick Maese, In the wake of his season-opening
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Sam Huff column: A heartbreaking sport - Loudoun Times-Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
With the Redskins, I played for Vince Lombardi, played with my “Brother of the Legacy” Sonny Jurgensen, and enjoyed the ultimate victory, beating the coach who traded me, Allie Sherman, in a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins
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Giants-Redskins: The basics - CSNwashington.com
Google News - over 5 years
Pre-game coverage on Comcast SportsNet begins at 3 pm Radio: ESPN 980 AM, WWXX 94.3 FM, WWXT 92.7 FM (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff). Injuries: Redskins – Out, S LaRon Landry (hamstring); Questionable, TE Chris Cooley (knee),
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Washington Redskins: Grossman vs Beck; Who's Winning the Starting Job? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The most famous of these occurred during the 1970's between Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. Vince Lombardi was clearly in favor of Sonny Jurgensen. George Allen, however, had a different philosophy of winning football and chose Billy
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Jurgensen: Redskins can win with Beck or Grossman - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Andy Lyons - GETTY IMAGES) Not long after Bruce Allen announced on ESPN 980 that Rex Grossman would start Thursday night's Redskins preseason game in Baltimore, official franchise Swami Sonny Jurgensen was on air to tell us what it
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Preseason: Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins - Sporting Alert
Google News - over 5 years
On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Chris Russell reports from the sidelines
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Tom Brady and the Most Iconic Player in the History of Each NFL Team - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Many Redskins have been better, including Art Monk, Sonny Jurgensen and Sammy Baugh, amongst others, but it is Riggins whose persona persists. With the possible exception of the Cleveland Browns (ironically), there is perhaps no single team more
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In summer's swelter, it's hard to warm up to preseason football - Washington Times
Google News - over 5 years
At least Carlisle was quiet until Sonny Jurgensen joined the team in 1964 and coerced some teammates into exploring the local night life, such as it was. Which leads to a story. In 1966, the Redskins traveled south for an August affair at DC (later
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Dan Snyder pleased with Redskins' direction - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Redskins owner Dan Snyder was a kid when Washington tagged its car with bumper stickers supporting either Billy Kilmer or Sonny Jurgensen. But he remembers the quarterback competition fondly. It's not often the team has endured an entire
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Chris Hanburger's reluctant moment in the spotlight - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
You finally settle on Sonny Jurgensen's assessment of his former teammate: “One of the smartest players ever — he just had so much intelligence with how he played the game.” “That was a nice compliment,” Hanburger begins, “but evidently Sonny hadn't
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sonny Jurgensen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 71
    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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  • 1999
    Age 64
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 48
    He was then inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    After retiring from the Redskins' following the 1974 season, Jurgensen began another career as a color commentator, initially with CBS television.
    More Details Hide Details Later teaming with Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff, Jurgensen continues to cover the Washington Redskins on radio.
    In what would be the final game of his NFL career, Jurgensen made his first and only appearance in an NFL postseason game in the Redskins' 19–10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the 1974 NFC playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details He came off the bench in relief of Kilmer and completed six of 12 passes but also threw three interceptions. Jurgensen is recognized as the finest pure passer of his time. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he earned three NFL individual passing titles. He exceeded 400 yards passing in a single game five times, and threw five touchdown passes in a game twice. With a career rating of 82.6, his stats include 2,433 completions for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns. He also rushed for 493 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jurgensen's 82.62 career passer rating is the highest for any player in the "Dead Ball Era" (pre-1978). Lombardi would later tell Pat Peppler of the Green Bay Packers head office that, "If we would have had Sonny Jurgensen in Green Bay, we’d never have lost a game.”
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 36
    However, Billy Kilmer started in place of Jurgensen, who was again bothered by injuries in 1971 and 1972.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, a quarterback controversy developed between the two, complete with fans sporting "I Love Billy" or "I Love Sonny" bumper stickers on their vehicles. The defensive-minded Allen preferred Kilmer's conservative, ball-control style of play to Jurgensen's more high-risk approach. Despite the controversy, Jurgensen was helpful to his rival. Even to this day, Kilmer still stays at Jurgensen's house when he is in town.
  • 1968
    Age 33
    He did, however, tie an NFL record early in the 1968 season for the longest pass play in NFL history.
    More Details Hide Details The 99-yard pass play to Jerry Allen occurred September 15, 1968 during the Redskins' game against the Chicago Bears. Coincidentally, Redskins' quarterbacks had three of the first four occurrences of a 99-yard pass play (Frank Filchock to Andy Farkas in 1939 and George Izo to Bobby Mitchell in 1963 were the other two occurrences of the play). He hangsin there under adverse conditions. In 1969, Vince Lombardi took over as the Redskins' head coach. That season, Jurgensen led the NFL in attempts (442), completions (274), completion percentage (62%) and passing yards (3,102). The Redskins went 7–5–2 and had their best season since 1955 (which kept Lombardi's record of never having coached a losing NFL team intact). Sadly, Lombardi died of cancer shortly before the start of the 1970 season. Jurgensen would later say that, of the nine head coaches he played for during his NFL career, Lombardi was his favorite.
    He missed much of the 1968 season because of broken ribs and elbow surgery.
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  • 1967
    Age 32
    In 1967, Jurgensen broke his own record by passing for 3,747 yards and also set NFL single-season records for attempts (508) and completions (288).
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    One of Jurgensen's most memorable games was during the 1965 season, when the Cowboys took a 21–0 lead at DC Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Jurgensen then threw for 411 yards, leading the team back to win 34–31. He rushed for a touchdown on a quarterback sneak and threw a game-winning 35-yard pass to Bobby Mitchell.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 29
    Jurgensen took over play-calling for the Redskins during the 1964 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was then selected to play in the Pro Bowl following the season and was also named second Team All-Pro.
  • 1963
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 22
    He was Philadelphia's backup quarterback, behind Bobby Thomason in 1957 and Norm Van Brocklin, from 1958 through 1960.
    More Details Hide Details I try tostay on my feet and not be forced out of thepocket.
    Jurgensen was drafted in the fourth round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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  • 1956
    Age 21
    Jurgensen's senior season in 1956 did not start well, when Duke lost to South Carolina, 7–0, in the season opener.
    More Details Hide Details This game marked Duke's first ACC loss, coming in the fourth year of the conference's existence. Duke finished the season with a 5–4–1 mark and Jurgensen ended up 28–59 for 371 yards. He threw six interceptions and two touchdown passes and rushed 25 times for 51 yards with three touchdowns. Jurgensen's final career stats included 77–156 passes for 1,119 yards, 16 career interceptions and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 109 yards and intercepted 10 passes. Jurgensen also played baseball briefly at Duke, but turned down an invitation to try out for the basketball team.
  • 1955
    Age 20
    Jurgensen took over as starting quarterback in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details He also retained a starting position in the defensive secondary. Duke ended the season with a 7–2–1 record along with an ACC co-championship, but did not go to a bowl because Maryland received the league's automatic bid to the Orange Bowl. That season Jurgensen completed 37 of 69 passes for 536 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. He rushed 54 times for 48 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also punted four times for a 33.7 average and intercepted four passes for 17 yards.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details But Jurgensen made the biggest impact that season as a defensive back, when he tied a team record with interceptions in four consecutive games. and ended the season with five interceptions. Duke finished the campaign with a 7–2–1 regular season record and an Atlantic Coast Conference title. Then on New Year's Day, Duke beat the Nebraska 34–7 in the 1955 Orange Bowl.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on August 23, 1934.
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