One for the Ages: Sid Luckman’s 1943 NFL Championship Game

March 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 1943, future Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman turned in the greatest season by a quarterback in NFL history.
He completed 110 of 202 passes for 2,194 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions— for an absolutely astounding passer rating of 107.5. 
He set several records that still stand today, including yards per attempt (10.9), yards per completion (19.9), and touchdown percentage (13.9). He threw seven touchdown passes on Sid Luckman Day in November. 
Luckman single-handedly brought the average passer rating in the league from 41.9 to 48.4.
The Bears finished 8-1-1 and captured the Western Division championship. 
They did so despite the absence of head coach George Halas—who left the Bears in midseason of 1942 to join the Navy. 
In fact, a whole slew of players from around the league were serving in World War II. According to ProFootballHOF.com, more than 1,000 players had left the league to serve in the war—including Hall of Famers Chuc...

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