Tommy Thompson (quarterback)

Thomas Pryor Thompson (August 15, 1918 – April 22, 1989) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He was blind in one eye, from a childhood incident, but nevertheless served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II, which put his professional career on hold.[1]

Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, Thompson graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and played college football at the University of Tulsa.

Thompson was an off-and-on starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, and led them to three consecutive NFL championship appearances, including the 1948 and 1949 title-winning seasons.[2] His 25 touchdown passes led the league in 1948 and he led to victory in the championship game over the defending champion Chicago Cardinals in a snowstorm, avenging their loss in the previous year.[3] Thompson also played on in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1953.[4][5]

Thompson is one of three eligible inactive NFL quarterbacks with multiple championships who were not inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Jim Plunkett and Jack Kemp.[6] Ray Didinger of CSNPhilly ranked him in the Top 5 all-time Eagles quarterbacks, citing his contribution to the championship teams.

Thompson battled brain cancer for over a year and died in 1989 in Calico Rock, Arkansas.[7][8]

Tommy Thompson
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Thompson on a 1948 Bowman football card
No. 10, 11
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:August 15, 1918
Hutchinson, Kansas
Died:April 21, 1989 (aged 70)
Calico Rock, Arkansas
Career information
High school:Fort Worth (TX) Paschal
College:Tulsa
Undrafted:1940
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:91–103
Yards:10,385
Passer rating:66.5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Career statistics

Denotes seasons in which Thompson won an NFL championship
Led the league
Regular season
General Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A Y/G TD Int Rate Sck Att Yds Y/A Y/G TD Fum
1940 PIT 11 2 [a] 9 28 32.1% 145 5.2 13.2 1 3 22.8 [a] 40 39 1.0 3.5 0 0
1941 PHI 11 5 [a] 86 162 53.1% 959 5.9 87.2 8 14 51.4 [a] 54 −2 0.0 −0.2 0 0
1942 PHI 11 10 [a] 95 203 46.8% 1,410 6.9 128.2 8 16 50.3 [a] 92 −32 −0.3 −2.9 1 2
1945 PHI 8 [a] [a] 15 28 53.6% 146 5.2 18.3 0 2 38.7 [a] 8 −13 −1.6 −1.6 0 3
1946 PHI 10 3 [a] 57 103 55.3% 745 7.2 74.5 6 9 61.3 [a] 34 −116 −3.4 −11.6 0 8
1947 PHI 12 1 [a] 106 201 52.7% 1,680 8.4 140.0 16 15 76.3 [a] 23 52 2.3 4.3 2 6
1948 PHI 12 4 [a] 141 246 57.3% 1,965 8.0 163.8 25 11 98.4 [a] 12 46 3.8 3.8 1 0
1949 PHI 12 9 [a] 116 214 54.2% 1,727 8.1 143.9 16 11 84.4 [a] 15 17 1.1 1.4 2 4
1950 PHI 12 12 6–6 107 239 44.8% 1,608 6.7 134.0 11 22 44.4 [a] 15 34 2.3 2.8 0 3
Career 99 46 6–6 732 1,424 51.4% 10,385 7.3 104.9 91 103 66.5 [a] 293 25 0.1 0.3 6 24
Source:[9]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s This stat was not available for the respective season, according to Pro-Football-Reference

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/ThomTo21.htm
  3. ^ "Thompson key to Eagles' win". Lewiston Daily Sun. Maine. Associated Press. December 20, 1948. p. 12.
  4. ^ http://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=thomptom001
  5. ^ "Big time football parade in full swing this weekend". Ottawa Citizen. Canada. Canadian Press. August 29, 1953. p. 42.
  6. ^ Anderson, Dave (February 6, 2010). "It's about the quarterbacks, and it always has been". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE5D81038F931A15757C0A96F948260
  8. ^ "Tommy Thompson, champion quarterback". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Florida. April 23, 1989. p. 7C.
  9. ^ "Tommy Thompson Stats". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

External links

Tommy Thompson—awards, championships, and honors

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