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Charley Trippi, Halfback
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Chicago Cardinals CHARLEY TRIPPI Charles Louis Trippi ... Cards' No. 1 future draft pick, 1945 ... Georgia All-American, 1946 ... Played in four Chicago All-Star games as collegian ... $100,000 signee during AAFC-NFL war, 1947 ... Final link in Cards' famed "Dream Backfield" ... Scored two TDs in 1947 NFL title win ... All-NFL, 1948 ... Extremely versatile - played halfback five years, quarterback two years, defense two years ... Born December 14, 1921, in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Draft Memories: Charley Trippi Charley Trippi honored by Cardinals Charley Trippi - Class of 1968 In 1946, Charley Trippi, a two-time All-America from the University of Georgia, was a key figure in the inter-league battling between the new AII-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League. The AAFC's New York Yankees were so sure they had signed him to a contract that they called a press conference in New York to announce the happy news. But while the New York newsmen gathered, Chicago Cardinals owner Charles W. Bidwill Sr. announced in Chicago he had signed Trippi to a four-year contract worth $100,000. For those days, the size of the contract was stunning news and a big breakthrough in the inter-league war. Trippi's acquisition completed Bidwill's quest for a "Dream Backfield. 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 could and would do anything on a football field. He played as a left halfback for four seasons before switching to quarterback for two years. Charley then moved back to offensive halfback for one campaign before changing almost exclusively to the defensive unit in 1954 and 1955. He also was the Cardinals' punter and he excelled on the punt and kickoff return teams. Due to relaxed regulations during the war years, Charley played in five College All-Star classics, two while at Georgia, two while in the service and a fifth as a Cardinal in 1948.
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1946 - Charlie Trippi of Pittston nominated for Heisman Trophy; member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
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A ceremony inducting Charley Trippi into the Cardinals Ring of Honor will take place at halftime.
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 1968, Trippi's collegiate career was interrupted by World War II.
Charles Trippi (1946), winner of the Maxwell Award in 1946; played professional football with the Chicago Cardinals from 1947 to 1955; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame; member of the Georgia State Athletic Hall of Fame; ranked 20th greatest college football player of all-time by ESPN