Charley Trippi

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Charley Trippi
No. 62, 2
Position: Halfback, Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-12-14) December 14, 1921 (age 93)
Place of birth: Pittston, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittston Area High School
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 1945 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1955
Rushing yards: 3,506
Rushing TDs: 23
Passing yards: 2,547
Passing TDs: 16
Receiving yards: 1,321
TD receptions: 11
Stats at
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Charles Louis Trippi (born December 14, 1921) is a former professional American football player for the Chicago Cardinals. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Trippi currently resides in Athens, Georgia. The football stadium at Pittston Area High School (Pittston, PA) is named "Charley Trippi Stadium" in his honor.

College years[edit]

Trippi attended the University of Georgia and was a two-time All-America selection. He played for Georgia in 1942 alongside Heisman winner Frank Sinkwich. Georgia finished the season with a record of 11-1 and was named consensus national champions. He was named Most Valuable Player in the 1943 Rose Bowl in Georgia's 9-0 victory over UCLA. After his college career was interrupted by World War II, he completed his career at Georgia by playing in 1945 and 1946. He won the Maxwell Award in the 1946 season. At Georgia, he was initiated into the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Atlanta Crackers[edit]

In 1947, Trippi played one season of minor league baseball with the Southern Association's Atlanta Crackers before joining the NFL. He hit .334 in 106 games.[1]


Trippi lives in Athens, Georgia with his second wife, Margaret. He had three children, Charles Jr., Brenda, and Jo Ann with his first wife, Virginia, who died in 1971. Trippi graduated from the University of Georgia in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. In 2007 he was ranked #20 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.

NFL career[edit]

Trippi was a big part in the battling between the National Football League (NFL) and All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The AAFC's New York Yankees (AAFC) were sure they had signed Trippi, but Charles W. Bidwill Sr. of the Cardinals signed Trippi to a four year contract worth $100,000 along with a first year bonus of $25,000.

Trippi's addition completed Bidwill’s quest for a "Dream Backfield." Although Bidwill did not live to see it, Trippi, became the game breaker in a talented corps that included Paul Christman, Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and, later, Elmer Angsman.

Trippi participated in the 1947 NFL Championship Game when the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21. Playing on an icy field in Chicago, Trippi wore basketball shoes for better traction and totaled 206 yards, including 102 yards on two punt returns. He scored touchdowns on a 44-yard run and a 75-yard punt return.

Trippi played as a left halfback for four seasons before switching to quarterback for two seasons. He then moved back to offensive halfback for one season before switching over to play defense in 1954 and 1955. He was also the Cardinals' punter and he excelled on special teams.

He is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 1000 yards of receiving, 1000 yards passing, and 1000 yards rushing (two other players that are not in the hall of fame--George Taliaferro and Bob Hoernschemeyer—have that distinction as well)

After he ended his NFL career, he would serve as an assistant coach with the Cardinals from 1957-1965, mostly coaching the offensive backfield.


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