Babe Laufenberg

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Babe Laufenberg
Babe Laufenberg.jpg
Laufenberg at the 2010 World Series
No. 12, 15, 16, 11
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-12-05) December 5, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth: Burbank, California
Career information
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 6 / Pick: 168
Debuted in 1983
Last played in 1992
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 7-17
Yards 1,691
QB Rating 49.5
Stats at NFL.com

Brandon Hugh 'Babe' Laufenberg (born December 5, 1959 in Burbank, California) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and the Kansas City Chiefs.[1] He also played for the Ohio Glory in the World League of American Football. Laufenberg won a Super Bowl ring behind Joe Thiesmann in Washington as a rookie backup quarterback.

Laufenberg is also credited with giving Daryl Johnston the nickname "Moose". In the offensive meetings, Johnston towered over the other fullbacks and Laufenberg said that Johnston looked like, "A moose in a herd of deer.".[citation needed] Laufenberg is currently the lead sports anchor and Sports Director for KTVT television in Dallas, Texas, and also serves as a color analyst on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network. His co-host, Brad Sham, has called him the best color analyst in the business.

Pro Football Career[edit]

While most of Laufenberg's career NFL games were with Washington and Ohio in the World League of Football, he started the first 5 games of the 1988 season and lead the San Diego Chargers to a 2-3 record. Laufenberg played in the final four games of the 1990 season for Dallas (0-1 as a starter), when Troy Aikman got hurt several times.

Laufenberg started the season as a third stringer, but beat out Steve Walsh five games into the 1990 season when Walsh was traded to the New Orlean Saints. He was optioned to the World League of Football for the 1991 spring season. He returned to Dallas and was cut five days into the 1991 NFL training camp. He returned for one final World League season in 1992, with the Ohio Glory and then retired after 10 pro seasons with: Washington, San Diego back to Washington, then to New Orleans, back to Washington, then to Kansas City, back to San Diego, then to Dallas, to the World League, back to Dallas, back to the World League. He has been a successful sportscaster on Dallas radio and TV since, three times winning the Texas state sportscaster of the year award.

Laufenberg had a very subpar NFL career. In selecting him as the 3rd-worst NFL player of all time, behind only Bob Timberlake and Rusty Lisch, sports blog Deadspin said "On the bright side, Laufenberg was beloved as one of football's true nice guys. On the down side, well, he was dreadful. Five touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in 16 career games. In 1990, the Cowboys needed to win one of their final two games to reach the playoffs. When Troy Aikman was injured against Philadelphia on December 23, Laufenberg came in and completed 13 of 36 passes with four interceptions. The following week, starting against Atlanta, he went 10-for-24 with one touchdown and two picks. Dallas lost both contests — and the Babe never appeared in another NFL game."[2]

Broadcasting Career[edit]

Laufenberg provides color commentary with Brad Sham for the Dallas Cowboys radio broadcast, as well as post game coverage where he tries and fails to interview Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley.

Personal life[edit]

Laufenberg enjoys watching Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas play football. His son graduated there as part of the 2013 class. His son was also a quarterback. Laufenberg has been married since 1991 and has two children.

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