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Charley Trippi
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Jersey #(s)
Born December 14, 1922 (1922-12-14) (age 87)
Pittston, Pennsylvania
Career information
Year(s) 19471955
NFL Draft 1945 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Georgia
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 16-31
Rushing TDs 23
Receiving TDs 11
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

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.

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


College Years

Trippi attended the University of Georgia and was a two-time All-America selection. He played for Georgia in 1942. He won the Maxwell Award in the 1946 season. 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.


Trippi lives in Athens, GA 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

Trippi was a big part in the battling between the NFL and AAFC. The AAFC's New York Yankees were sure they had signed Trippi, but Charles W. Bidwill Sr. of the Cardinals signed Trippi to a four year contract worth $100,000.

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

Never was Trippi more magnificent than in the 1947 NFL Championship Game when the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21. Playing on an icy field in Chicago, Charley 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. Charley then moved back to offensive halfback for one season before changing to defensive in 1954 and 1955. He also was the Cardinals' punter and he excelled on the punt and kickoff return 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.

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