Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #18. Sonny Jurgensen

Note: Contrary to popular believe, I did not forget about this list.  Things just got extra busy with the college basketball tournaments and the finish of the NBA season.  Now that the NCAA tournament is over I will finish out this list in a more efficient fashion.

18.  Sonny Jurgensen: Jurgensen was selected in the fourth round (43 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1957 draft.  Jurgensen appeared in 218 games (147 starts) over 18 seasons with the Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

His most productive seasons came with the Eagles in 1961 and with the Redskins in 1967 and ’69.  In ’61, Jurgensen led Philadelphia to a 10-4 record in his first season as a full-time starter.  That year Jurgensen led the league in passing yards (3,723) and touchdowns (32) while completing 56.5 percent of his passes.  Jurgensen was named to his first Pro Bowl after that season, and was also named First-Team All-Pro.  In ’67 Jurgensen would lead the league in passing yards (a career-high 3,747) and touchdowns (31) while completing 56.7 percent of his passes.  Jurgensen also led the league in passer rating (87.3)  that season for the only time in his career and was named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career.  Two years later, Jurgensen was at the top of the passing charts again as he led the league in completion percentage (62) and passing yards (3,102) while throwing for 22 touchdowns to earn First-Team All-Pro honors.  He was also named to his fifth Pro Bowl and fourth in six years with the Redskins in 1969.

For his career, Jurgensen completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns.  During that time, He led the league in passing yards five times, completion percentage twice and touchdowns twice.  He also ran the ball 181 times for 493 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Jurgensen was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1983 for his remarkable play.


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