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Ki Aldrich
Position(s)
Center
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
55
Born June 1, 1916(1916-06-01)
Rogers, Texas
Died March 12, 1983 (aged 66)
Temple, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19391947
NFL Draft 1939 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Texas Christian
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 73
Interceptions 8
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Charles Collins "Ki" Aldrich (June 1, 1916 – March 12, 1983) was an American football player. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960.

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Early life

Aldrich was born in Rogers, Texas and attended high school in Temple, Texas. He was an All-American center at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. At TCU, he played alongside two legendary quarterbacks — Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien. Aldrich's senior year, 1938, the Horned Frogs won the National Championship, finishing 11-0 and winning the Sugar Bowl.

Professional career

The Chicago Cardinals made Aldrich the first selection in the 1939 NFL Draft, in which his TCU teammates O'Brien and I. B. Hale also were selected in the top ten. He played two seasons for the Cardinals before moving to the Washington Redskins. After two seasons in Washington, he left to serve in the Navy during World War II. He returned to the Redskins in 1945, and retired in 1947.

After football

After retiring from football, Aldirch served as the superintendent at the Lena Pope Orphanage in Ft. Worth, Texas. His first wife was the daughter of the founder. He died March 12, 1983 in Temple, Texas.

Legacy

His coach at TCU, Dutch Meyer, said of Aldrich: "That boy wanted to play football more than anyone I ever knew." Baugh called him "the toughest player I ever knew." Aldrich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960 and was named to the Southwest Conference's All-Time Team in 1969.

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