18 Interesting Facts About NFL Quarterback Norm Snead Of The Redskins, Eagles, and Giants

Norm Snead, despite having a good amount of success in pro football, ended up playing for five different teams during his career. He came out of Wake Forest University has one of the most highly rated quarterback prospects of the year and went on to have an almost immediate impact in the pros. He finished ranked very high in many career passing categories. He didn’t have the luxury of playing on any of the better teams of the era, but he still was able to showcase his talent from time to time. A lot is known about this great player, but here are some interesting facts that many people don’t know about Norm Snead.

-The five teams he played for during his career were the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers.

-The New York Giants were actually the fourth and sixth team that Norm Snead played for. He played 1972 to 1974 with the G-Men and then came back to New York for 1976, his last year in the league.

-Snead went to the Pro Bowl four times for three different teams, the Washington Redskins in 1962 and 1963, the Philadelphia Eagles in 1965, and the New York Giants in 1972.

-The Washington Redskins, where Snead played the first three seasons of his career, drafted him with the second overall pick in the first round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted in the fifth round of the AFL Draft that year by the Buffalo Bills.

-He led the NFL in interceptions thrown on four different occasions, in 1963 with 27, 1968 with 21, 1969 with 23, and 1973 with 22.

-In a 16 year career, Snead only had one season in which he posted a winning record as a starting quarterback. In 1971, his lone season with the Minnesota Vikings, he would go 2-0 as a starter.

-The first five rushing touchdowns of Norm Snead’s career would all be one yard runs and would all come in games against the Dallas Cowboys.

-Norm Snead would rush for 23 touchdowns during his career. His longest would be an 11 yard run in a 1964 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He also had a six yarder and a five yarder during his career, the other 20 of the 23 would be one yard runs.

-Norm Snead’s first touchdown pass ever in the pros came in the third quarter of a 14-7 loss to the Eagles in week two of his rookie year, 1961. It went for 80 yards and was caught by Fred Dugan.

-Nine of the first eleven touchdown passes Snead would thrown in 1962 for the Redskins would be caught by their great receiver Bobby Mitchell.

-The most touchdown passes Norm Snead would ever throw in one game was five. This came in a 41-27 win over the Steelers in 1969. Four of those touchdown passes were caught by the same player, Ben Hawkins.

-Norm Snead threw more touchdown passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during his career, a total of 24, than he did against any other team in the league.

-The second quarter was Snead’s big time area of the game. During his career he threw 36 touchdown passes in the first quarter, 34 in the third quarter, and 52 in the fourth quarter. In the second quarter though he would throw 74 total touchdown passes.

-The last player to catch a touchdown pass was 49ers great Gene A. Washington. He caught it in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 loss to Snead’s old team the Eagles in 1975.

-Ben Hawkins caught 26 touchdown passes in his career from Norm Snead, that is more than he threw to anyone else in the league.

-Snead would put up pass the 300 yard passing threshold 13 times during his career. The first time it happened came during his second season in the league for the Redskins when he threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-34 loss to the Giants.

-The most yards he would ever throw for in one game was 424. This happened in a 34-28 loss to the Steelers in 1963.

-In Snead’s first game in the pros, week one of his rookie season, he would complete just 8 of 34 passes for 140 total yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

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  1. Mark Nottley says:

    Norm also had one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen. Could throw on the run with the best of them.

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