Tommy Thompson (quarterback)

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Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson - 1948 Bowman.jpg
Thompson on a 1948 Bowman football card
No. 10, 11
Personal information
Date of birth: August 15, 1916
Place of birth: Hutchinson, Kansas
Date of death: April 22, 1989(1989-04-22) (aged 72)
Place of death: Hutchinson, Kansas
Career information
College: Tulsa
Undrafted in 1940
Debuted in 1940
Last played in 1950
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 91-103
Yards 10,385
QB Rating 66.5
Stats at

Lurtis Pryor Thompson (August 15, 1916 – April 22, 1989) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was blind in one eye, from a childhood incident, but nevertheless served in the US Army for two years during World War II, which put his professional career on hold.[1]

He 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.

Thompson is one of three inactive NFL quarterbacks with multiple championships who were not inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Jim Plunkett and Jack Kemp.[3] Ray Didinger of CSNPhilly ranked him in the Top 5 all-time Eagles quarterbacks, citing his contribution to the championship teams.

He died in 1989 of brain cancer.[4]