"His lifestyle . . . Sonny was cool," said Huff. "Back then it was cool for a quarterback to drink a lot, and Sonny did his share."
"He was at the tail end of that era when quarterbacks did whatever they wanted to they were the kings who didn't have to do what everyone else did," added Bobby Mitchell. "He'd hang out and make the younger players buy him drinks . . . That was just the start of it. I wasn't out there I'd just hear things from some of the guys but they were wild stories."
Jurgensen's flair on the field had surfaced as early as 1962 with Philadelphia. The season before, he had thrown for a then-NFL-record 3,723 yards, completing 57 percent of his passes, with 32 touchdowns all on a salary of $14,000. When Jurgensen asked for a raise during training camp, the Eagles balked. Nonplussed, Jurgensen gathered backup quarterback King Hill and left.
"It may have been one of the NFL's first holdouts . . . but I couldn't get the general manager's attention.