Christopher Adolph “Sonny” Jurgensen was born August 23, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jurgensen began his athletic career early on playing baseball, basketball and tennis for his grammar school. In high school, he continued his baseball and basketball career, but also started football as a backup quarterback.
At Duke University, Jurgensen was backup quarterback in 1954 and took over as the starter in 1955. He was drafted after college in 1957 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round. He was backup to Bobby Thomason in 1957 and Norm Van Brocklin from 1958 through the 1960 season. In fact, Jurgensen’s only championship was as an Eagle when they took the 1960 Championship. Sonny was traded to the Washington Redskins after an injury-prone ’63 season in exchange for Norm Sneade and Claude Crabb. He remained in Washington for the next 10 years before retiring.
In Washington, Jurgensen won three NFL passing titles, led the team to the 1972 Championship and was elected into the Pro Bowl four times. He exceeded 400 yards passing in a single game five times and threw five touchdown passes in a game twice. Over his career, his stats include 2,433 completions for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns. He also rushed for 493 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and still continues his broadcasting career for the Washington Redskins.