Former No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Pick Died On Wednesday © Image:yahoo
Charley Trippi passed away on Wednesday at his home in Athens, Georgia.
He was a Hall of Famer who played collegiate football at the University of Georgia and helped the long-suffering Chicago Cardinals win the 1947 N.F.L. title.
He was 100. Clint Watson, his grandson, verified his passing.
Trippi was particularly well-known for performing nearly all actions other than snapping the ball and shooting field goals and extra points.
He gained 3,506 yards on the ground, 2,547 yards in the air, and 1,321 yards through pass catches throughout his nine seasons with the Cardinals,
making him the only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to surpass 1,000 yards in each category.
In addition to quarterback and left halfback, he also punted, returned kickoffs, and completed his career as a defensive back.
When Trippi was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1946, behind Army's Glenn Davis, Georgia had an undefeated season.
The Maxwell Award, given to the best player in college football, was given to him.
In January 1947, Trippi signed a four-year, $100,000 contract with the Cards after they outbid the New York Yankees of the fledgling All-America Football Conference.
Trippi was selected by the Cardinals as the No. 1 pick in the N.F.L.'s 1945 draft while still having two years of college eligibility remaining.
As the NFL's all-time leader in total offensive yards, Trippi retired in 1955.In 1968, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
His No. 62 jersey has been honoured at Georgia, where he remains regarded as one of the best all-around athletes in school history.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Trippi's family and friends.