Sonny Jurgensen is a retired American Football Player. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to his NFL career, he also served as a radio and television broadcaster for the Washington Redskins. His salary for his sports broadcasting work was estimated at $100,000 a year.
Jurgensen played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in the National Football League. He was a member of the Pro Bowl from 1960 to 1973. During his time with the Eagles, he led the team to the NFL championship three times. After his retirement from the Eagles, Jurgensen worked as a sports analyst for CBS and WRC-TV. He also acted as color commentator for the Washington radio broadcast crew.
Sonny Jurgensen was born on August 23, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended New Hanover High School and went to Duke University for a brief stint. Before going to college, he was a city baseball champion. As a high school athlete, he was a two-time City Grammar School champion in basketball and a three-time City Grammar School champion in tennis.
Jurgensen wore number 9 during his NFL career, which was half of the number 18 he wore during his college career with the Duke Blue Devils. He also led the league in pass completions under Vince Lombardi. The Eagles won ten games in 1960 and earned a third consecutive championship in 1960.
The first three years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles were below-average. However, in 1955, he took over as the team’s starting quarterback. Throughout his five seasons in Philly, he wore the number 9, and won the NFL’s third passing title at age 40.
While he was playing for the Washington Redskins in 1964, Jurgensen became an avid fan of the team’s owner, Edward Bennett Williams. He was invited to a press conference and was able to meet with Williams and his wife. A few years later, Jurgensen appeared in his first television commercial. When the Redskins won the Super Bowl, he became a part of the broadcast team.
After retiring from the Eagles in 1974, he continued to work in the media business. In the early 1980s, he served as a radio analyst for the Washington broadcast crew. Later, he was an analyst for the CBS network for six years. Besides being a sports broadcaster, Jurgensen also made his name in the media by acting as a color commentator for the radio team.
He was arrested three times for driving under the influence, and his family criticized him for his actions. However, he did not consider himself an alcoholic, and he did not have an affair during his NFL career.
Despite his career, Sonny Jurgensen has not given up his love for playing football. Since his retirement, he has kept up his passion for the game by participating in golf and tennis. He has two sons from his second marriage, Scott and Greg.
His net worth is estimated at $1.5 million. But his actual income might be much less. Among his achievements, he is a member of the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team. Also, he has been honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.