Tommy Thompson (quarterback)

Tommy Thompson

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Thompson on a 1948 Bowman football card
No. 10, 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: August 15, 1916
Place of birth: Hutchinson, Kansas
Date of death: April 21, 1989(1989-04-21) (aged 72)
Place of death: Calico Rock, Arkansas
Career information
High school: Fort Worth Paschal (TX)
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
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.[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 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. It is projected under the Harlor Formula that Thompson would have made 3 Pro Bowls.

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


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