Football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi Dead At 100

Charley Trippi, who played for the University of Georgia and the Chicago Cardinals and was in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, died on Wednesday. He was 100 years old.

Trippi was part of the famous “Million Dollar Backfield” that Cardinals owner Charles Bidwell put together to help the team win the NFL championship in 1947.

Charley Trippi Dead At 100
Charley Trippi Dead At 100

Trippi, who was mostly a halfback on the team, is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who ran, threw, and caught for at least 1,000 yards.

In 1946, halfback Charley Trippi throws a pass during practice.

The 24-year-old All-America halfback Charley Trippi, on the right, tries on a Chicago Cardinal uniform at Comiskey Park on January 17, 1947. The NFL gave Trippi a four-year deal worth $100,000. The coach of the Cardinals, Jimmy Conzelman, looks on. In a statement, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell said that Tippi “will always have a special place in the history of the National Football League, the Cardinals franchise, and especially in the hearts of our family.”

Trippi was the leader of the Georgia Bulldogs when they won the Rose Bowl in 1943. In 1946, he won the Maxwell Award as the best college football player in the country.

Even more impressive is the fact that he missed the 1944 season and part of the 1945 season because he was in the army during World War II.

Josh Brooks, who is the athletic director at Georgia, tweeted, “Charley Trippi was one of the best Bulldogs of all time.” “It was a pleasure to meet him! “May God bless the Trippi family.”

He played for the Cardinals for nine years and was named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and the Pro Bowl twice.

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