Tommy Thompson (quarterback)

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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 22, 1989(1989-04-22) (aged 72)
Place of death: Hutchinson, Kansas
Career information
College: Tulsa
Undrafted: 1940
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT: 91-103
Yards: 10,385
QB Rating: 66.5
Player stats at

Lurtis Pryor 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 US Army for two years during World War II, which put his professional career on hold.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]