ROTAN, Texas - Sammy Baugh, the NFL's original gunslinger, has been given a cowboy send-off. The last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 1963 was remembered by family and friends yesterday, 5 days after he died at 94.
A saddle and chaps were draped over his coffin at the front of First Baptist Church in Rotan. Baugh was taken by hearse to a cemetery, and a horse-drawn wagon awaited for the procession to the grave site.
As the hearse slowly approached the wagon, about a dozen black Brangus cattle sauntered to a nearby fence corner, almost as if the bovines Baugh loved to raise and ranch came to say their farewells.