Norm Snead, a National Football League quarterback for 16 seasons in the 1960s and ’70s and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, died on Sunday. He was 84.
A spokesperson for Wake Forest University’s football program, where Snead played before turning pro, told The Associated Press on Monday that the school learned of Snead’s death from his family. The cause and location of his death were not provided.
Snead was the second overall pick in the 1961 N.F.L. draft, selected by Washington. He also was taken 33rd by the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League draft that year. He chose Washington and played there for three seasons, appearing twice in the Pro Bowl, before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for the quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and the defensive back Claude Crabb.
Jurgensen, who was with Philadelphia when the Eagles won the league championship in 1960, became the face of the Washington franchise. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was a broadcaster for the team for decades.
The Eagles never reached the playoffs in the seven seasons Snead spent with the team. Despite that, he was picked for the Pro Bowl in 1965, when he threw for 15 touchdowns and 2,346 yards and led a league-high three game-winning drives for a team that finished with five wins and nine losses.
He bounced around the league near the end of his career, playing one season for the Minnesota Vikings, two and a half for the New York Giants and one and a half for the San Francisco 49ers. He returned to the Giants in 1976 before calling it a career in 1977.
In 159 career N.F.L. starts, Snead went 52-100-7 with 196 touchdowns. His 257 interceptions rank sixth on the career list.
At Wake Forest, he earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors twice while setting more than a dozen conference records in 1958, 1959 and 1960. After leading the conference with seven interceptions in a season, Snead joked, “I couldn’t run and couldn’t get out of my own way but could throw the football.”
Norman Bailey Snead was born on July 31, 1939, in Halifax County, Va. He played football, basketball and baseball at Warwick High School in Newport News and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Information on survivors was not immediately available.