Baugh heads NFL historian's list of top quarterbacks from the pre-WWII era

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Clark Judge

NFL fans annually compile lists of the NFL's Top 10 modern-era quarterbacks, and most begin with the names Unitas, Brady or Montana. But what about the pre-World War II passers?

Glad you asked.

NFL historian Chris Willis of Pro Football Journal and head of the Research Library at NFL Films is here to rank his favorite quarterbacks of that era. Predictably, the roll call begins with Hall-of-Fame Sammy Baugh, whom Willis calls "simply the best quarterback of the NFL's two-way era" and who too often is omitted from lists of the NFL’s best and brightest quarterbacks.

Willis’ list is comprehensive and informative. More than that, it deserves to be read … which is why we’re reprinting it here:

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