CHARLEY TRIPPI

CHARLEY TRIPPI

Class of 1968
Halfback-Quarterback >>> 6-0, 186
(Georgia)
1947-1955 Chicago Cardinals

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.

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." 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 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.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int.
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1947 Chicago Cardinals
11
2
1
50
49
0
1
56.3
83
401
4.8
2
1948 Chicago Cardinals
12
8
4
50
118
1
0
135.4
128
690
5.4
6
1949 Chicago Cardinals
12
2
0
0
0
0
0
39.6
112
553
4.9
3
1950 Chicago Cardinals
12
3
1
33.3
19
0
0
56.2
99
426
4.3
3
1951 Chicago Cardinals
12
191
88
46.1
1191
8
13
52.1
78
501
6.4
4
1952 Chicago Cardinals
11
181
84
46.4
890
5
13
40.5
72
350
4.9
4
1953 Chicago Cardinals
12
34
20
58.8
195
2
1
82.4
97
433
4.5
0
1954 Chicago Cardinals
12
13
7
53.8
85
0
3
34.6
18
152
8.4
1
1955 Chicago Cardinals
5
0
0
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0
0
0
0.0
0
0
0.0
0
Career Totals
99
434
205
47.2
2547
16
31
48.4
687
3506
5.1
23
 
       
Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
Punt
Yds.
Avg.
       
1947 Chicago Cardinals
11
23
240
10.4
0
0
0
0.0
       
1948 Chicago Cardinals
12
22
228
10.4
2
13
564
43.4
       
1949 Chicago Cardinals
12
34
412
12.1
6
8
292
36.5
       
1950 Chicago Cardinals
12
32
270
8.4
1
2
94
47.0
       
1951 Chicago Cardinals
12
0
0
0.0
0
12
446
37.2
       
1952 Chicago Cardinals
11
5
66
13.2
0
16
588
36.8
       
1953 Chicago Cardinals
12
11
87
7.9
2
54
2314
42.9
       
1954 Chicago Cardinals
12
3
18
6.0
0
59
2308
39.1
       
1955 Chicago Cardinals
5
0
0
0.0
0
32
1301
40.7
       
Career Total
99
130
1321
10.2
11
196
7907
40.3
       
Additional Career Statistics: Punt Returns: 63-864, 2 TD; Kickoff Returns: 66-1457; Interceptions: 4-93, 1 TD
 
 
 
 

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