This weeks Flashback Friday details the 1943 game between the Washington Redskins faced the Detroit Lions in front of a home crowd of over 35,000 at Griffith Stadium A game that featured Washington Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback ‘Slingin’ Sammy Baugh intercepting four passes and throwing four touchdown passes in the same game.
Sammy was the NFL’s top passer while also starring at defensive halfback and punter for Washington. No one has ever matched his performance from that day, there have been several players who have had four interception games, including current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, but none of those same players played on both sides of the ball and excelled to the point Baugh did.
Baugh’s four picks against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 14, 1943, was only part of his big day. The Redskins star led his team to a 42-20 win on a chilly day in Washington by also throwing four touchdown passes and continually pinning the Lions deep in their own end with his quick, accurate punts.
Sunday, November 14, 1943
Detroit Lions (3-5-1)
Washington Redskins (5-0-1)
Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
Bob Seymour 28 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
The NFL annually does a ‘Top Players of’ list (voted on by the players) after each season as most people know. This years list is being shown on NFL Network the next couple of weeks and London Fletcher was listed at number 86.
Fletcher is the second Redskins player to be o the list so far, as Trent Williams ranked in at number 99.
The 5-10, 245 Fletcher is about to start his 16th NFL season, year number 15 was a gem by anyone’s standard.
All London Fletcher did was register 141 tackles, 78 unassisted, get 5 interceptions and make 3 sacks.
Fletcher was named the Pro Bowl as a alternate last year and continued to be the captain of the Redskins defense despite having major issues with his ankle and elbow, both of which required surgery after the season.
One could make a valid argument that London Fletcher should be much higher on this list. Since the players vote on this list, I’m wondering what they were thinking when they penciled in Fletch that low.
There are sure to be more EVEN Redskins players on the list….stay tuned.
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher joined Chuck Carroll and Adam Carriker on ‘4th and Pain‘.
When asked how the off-season was going London replied, “Well and good, just rehabbing from the surgeries I’ve had. Just getting in their everyday and getting after that, it’s been a different process for me never having gone through surgery before. So it’s something I have got to get used to, learning patience, the process, as far as rehab goes.”
Adam – With this being your first two surgeries of your life, how have the surgeries treated you so far?
London replied, “The first surgery I was very nervous, I’ve never had surgery so I wasn’t excited about being put to sleep. Once I woke up I was happy that the first surgery was over with.”
Adam – What was your biggest fear when you had that first surgery?
London replied, “Not waking up (followed by laughter by everyone). The second surgery went well after having experienced the other one already.”
Chuck – What were the motivating factors that made you want to return this season?
“I feel like I still have a lot of football left in me and that I can still play at a high level. I feel like we are on the verge of doing some big things here and I’m wanting to be a part of it.”
Make sure to watch the entire interview, which lasted 11 minutes and touches on other things besides football.
4th and Pain is hosted by Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and weight loss champion Chuck Carroll. It is the best (and only) pro wrestling radio show hosted by a NFL player and a guy who dropped 250 pounds.
The NFL annually does a ‘Top Players of’ list (voted on by the players) each year as most people know. This years list is being shown on NFL Network this week and Trent Williams was listed at number 99.
Trent led the offensive line that guided the way for Alfred Morris to gain 1600+ yards plus last season and watched RG3′s blind spot all year. For his solid play Williams was named to his first Pro Bowl.
In just three years Trent Williams has cemented himself as one of the best tackles in the NFL.
There are sure to be more Redskins players on the list….stay tuned.
About Minneapolis, Minnesota: Football fans in Minnesota were looking forward to hosting Super Bowl XXVI after their Vikings missed the playoffs and they would now get to see playoff football in the Metrodome. Residents prepared for months for the biggest sporting even of them all and fans from around the world would tune into watch the Washington Redskins take on the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ticket Sales / Attendance: There were 63130 people in attendance at the 26TH Superbowl game in Minneapolis and it is estimated that another 79.5 million more excited fans watched from home or other football parties around the world while tuning into CBS.
Team Pre-Season Stats: After a heart breaking loss in last years Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills were anxious to get back to the championship. With the same team still in tact, head coach Marv Levy would count on his veteran offence and defensive stars to lead the team through the year and back to the playoffs.
The Redskins were ready to begin the 1991-92 NFL season with QB Mark Rypien ready to lead them through the season and hopefully a long playoff run. Defensive back Darrell Green and company would also have to help the team from their side of the ball to ensure their success.
Team Roster:The Bills line up looked similar to the previous year including QB Jim Kelly, RB Thurman Thomas, WR Don Beebe, WR James Lofton, TE Pete Metzelaars, OL Bruce Smith, and OL Cornelius Bennett.
The Washington Redskins would start the season with QB Mark Rypien, RB Earnest Byner, WR Gary Clark, TE Terry Orr, DB Darrell Green and DL Charles Mann.
Game Highlights:The Redskins struggled early in the game scoring only 3 points on their first 3 possessions on a 34 yard field goal from Lohmiller. However, they managed to take 17-0 lead into halftime after a 10 yard touchdown reception by Earner Byner and a 1 yard TD run by Gerald Riggs. The Buffalo Bills would have to come back from a 17-0 lead with half of the game to play.
Gerald Riggs started the scoring early in the 3rd quarter with another touchdown run and increasing the Washington lead to 24-0. The touchdown came after an interception on a Jim Kelly pass on the first play of the second half. Buffalo responded with 10 points of their own, but Washington crushed any hope of a comeback with less than two minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter with a 30 touchdown reception by Gary Clark.
Buffalo would add 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, but it would not be enough and Washington would roll to a 37-34 victory. Buffalo would lose a second straight Super Bowl after Jim Kelly was intercepted 4 times. For Washington head coach Joe Gibbs it would be his 3rd Super Bowl victory.
Game MVP:Washington Quarterback Mark Rypien would be named MVP of the 26th Super Bowl after a great performance in the game. He would complete 18 of 32 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. His 35 yard pass to Gary Clark in the 3rd quarter would crush any chance of a Buffalo comeback and leading the Redskins to victory.
Half Time Show: The halftime show was presented by Timberline with a theme of Winter Magic. There would be performances by pop star Gloria Estefan along with US Olympic Figure Skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill.
Commercials: The average cost of a 30 second commercial was $850000 during the game and there were several great commercials during the game. Some of these commercials included an Advil commercial with Nolan Ryan, Air Jordan from Nike, and of course Bud Bowl IV.