Commanders to Retire Sonny Jurgensen's Jersey; QB Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1983

Adam WellsAugust 23, 2022

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is getting his No. 9 jersey retired by the Washington Commanders.

Per ESPN's John Keim, the ceremony will take place during Washington's Week 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Jurgensen played 18 seasons in the NFL from 1957 to 1974. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent the first four years of his career primarily as a backup quarterback.

After Norm Van Brocklin retired following the 1960 season, Jurgensen was elevated to the starting job in Philadelphia. He led the NFL in passing yards and interceptions in each of his first two seasons in the role.

The Eagles traded Jurgensen to Washington in April 1964. The Duke alum was the team's starting quarterback for the next seven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times, All-Pro second team twice and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting twice.

Jurgensen led the league in completions, attempts and passing yards in 1966, 1967 and 1969. He threw a league-high 31 touchdowns in 1967.

Injuries limited Jurgensen to 13 starts over his final four seasons from 1971 to 1974. He went 11-2 in those games, including a 4-0 mark in 1972 when Washington reached the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

Sammy Baugh, Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor are the only other players in Washington history to have had their jersey number retired.

Jurgensen, who turns 88 on Tuesday, ranks second in Washington franchise history in passing yards (22,585), touchdown passes (179), completions (1,831) and attempts (3,155).


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