Tommy Thompson (quarterback)
Thompson on a 1948 Bowman football card
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|Born:||August 15, 1916
|Died:||April 21, 1989
Calico Rock, Arkansas
|High school:||Fort Worth Paschal (TX)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Lurtis Pryor "Tommy" Thompson (August 15, 1916 – 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.
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. 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. Thompson also played on in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1953.
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. Ray Didinger of CSNPhilly ranked him in the Top 5 all-time Eagles quarterbacks, citing his contribution to the championship teams.
- "Thompson key to Eagles' win". Lewiston Daily Sun. Maine. Associated Press. December 20, 1948. p. 12.
- "Big time football parade in full swing this weekend". Ottawa Citizen. Canada. Canadian Press. August 29, 1953. p. 42.
- Anderson, Dave (February 6, 2010). "It's about the quarterbacks, and it always has been". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- "Tommy Thompson, champion quarterback". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Florida. April 23, 1989. p. 7C.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com
- Tommy Thompson at Find a Grave
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