Alumni Focus: Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson was born on August 15, 1916 in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Thompson was at the helm for the Eagles for 8 seasons from 1941-42 & 1945-50.  Over the course of his career Thompson threw for 10,240 yards and 90 touchdowns.  Eagles won two NFL Championships in back to back years in 1948-49.  In both of those years it was Thompson who let the NFL in QB rating.

What made Thompson’s story even more unimaginable was inability to see out of both eyes.  He was blind in one eye due to an accident during his youth.  His professional career was delayed a couple of years because he was busy serving his country.  Thompson was in the US Army for two years.  After his professional career with the Eagles was over Tommy Thompson played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1953.

Interesting fact regarding Tommy Thompson – He is one of three NFL QB’s to win back to back titles and not be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.  Those other players include Jim Plunkett and Jack Kemp.  Thompson passed away in his home town of Hutchinson, Kansas on April 22, 1989.

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