After coach Dutch Meyer told him he could play three sports (football, baseball, and basketball), Baugh decided to attended Texas Christian University. Good thing for Frog fans.
While at Texas Christian, he threw 587 passes in his three varsity seasons, for 39 touchdowns, and was named an All-American in 1935 and 1936.
He also led TCU to two bowl game wins, a 3–2 victory over LSU in the 1936 Sugar Bowl and a 16-6 victory over Marquette in the first annual Cotton Bowl Classic in 1937(after which he was named MVP). He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1936.
Drafted by the Redskins, Baugh played for the team from 1937 to 1952. By the time he retired, Baugh set 13 NFL records in three player positions: quarterback, punter and defensive back. He is considered one of the all-time great football players.
Baugh gave birth to the fanaticism of Redskins fans and is a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. That class included Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, George Halas, Ernie Nevers and Mel Hein.
Two of his records as quarterback still stand: most seasons leading the league in passing (six; tied with Steve Young) and most seasons leading the league with the lowest interception percentage (five). He is also third in highest single-season completion percentage (70.33), most seasons leading the league in yards gained (four) and most seasons leading the league in completion percentage (seven).
As a punter, Baugh retired with the NFL record for highest punting average in a career (45.1 yards), and is still second all-time (Shane Lechler 46.5 yards), and has the best (51.4 in 1940) and fourth best (48.7 in 1941) season marks.
As a defensive back, he was the first player in league history to intercept four passes in a game, and is the only player to lead the league in passing, punting and interceptions in the same season. Baugh also led the league in punting from 1940 through 1943.
When comparing Baugh's athletic achievements with modern football greats, consider the actual football he threw then was rounder at the ends and fatter in the middle than the one used today, making it far more difficult to pass well (or even to create a proper spiral).
He was, as aforementioned, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Slingin' Sammy Baugh...greatest Horned Frog ever.