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Friends, Family Bid Farewell to "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh

Former TCU star gets cowboy send-off



    Friends, Family Bid Farewell to "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh
    Sammy Baugh, who set numerous passing records with the Washington Redskins in an era when NFL teams were running most every down, died Dec. 17 in Texas. He was 94 and had numerous health issues.

    Sammy Baugh, the NFL's original gunslinger, was given a cowboy send-off.

    The last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 1963 was remembered by family and friends Monday, five days after he died at age 94.

    A saddle and chaps were draped over his coffin at the front of First Baptist Church in Rotan, where Baugh's life was celebrated through the memories of those closest to him.

    He was taken by hearse to a nearby cemetery where a horse-drawn wagon awaited for the slow procession to his grave site.

    Starting in the 1930s, Baugh turned the sparingly used forward pass into a potent weapon for the Washington Redskins. The former TCU star was also a standout punter and defensive back.