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Tommy Thompson

Born: Aug 15, 1916

Death: Apr 22, 1989

Birthplace: Hutchinson

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Tommy Thompson

Date of Birth : Aug 15, 1916
Date of Death : Apr 22, 1989
Birth Place : Hutchinson

Lurtis Pryor Thompson 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 US Army for two years during World War II, which put his professional career on hold. 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. His 25 touchdown passes led the league in 1948. Thompson also played on in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1953. 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. 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.


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