Charley Trippi

Charley Trippi

Charley Trippi
No. 62, 2
Halfback, Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-12-14) December 14, 1921
Place of birth: Pittston, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittston Area High School
NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1947 for the Chicago Cardinals
Last played in 1955 for the Chicago Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1955
Rushing yards 3,506
Rushing TDs 23
Passing yards 2,547
Passing TDs 16
Receiving yards 1,321
TD receptions 11
Stats at
Stats at

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.

Trippi currently resides in

College years

Trippi attended the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Atlanta Crackers

In 1947, Trippi played one season of minor league baseball with the Southern Association's Atlanta Crackers before joining the NFL. He hit .334 in 106 games.[1]


Trippi lives in Athens, Georgia with his second wife, Margaret. He had four 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 National Football League (NFL) and All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The AAFC's New York Yankees (AAFC) were sure they had signed Trippi, but Charles W. Bidwill Sr. of the Cardinals signed Trippi to a four year contract worth $100,000 along with a first year bonus of $25,000.

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

Trippi participated in the 1947 NFL Championship Game when the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21. Playing on an icy field in Chicago, Trippi 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. He then moved back to offensive halfback for one season before switching over to play defense in 1954 and 1955. He was also the Cardinals' punter and he excelled on special 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 (two other players that are not in the hall of fame--Bob Hoernschemeyer—have that distinction as well)


  1. ^ Charley Trippi Baseball stats

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