Following the death of Charley Trippi, a legendary player for the Georgia Bulldogs and Arizona Cardinals, the NFL and collegiate football communities are in grief today. He was a century old.
Between 1942 and 1946, Trippi played for the Bulldogs; however, his decision to become a professional athlete was put on hold due to his World War II military service.
In addition to being named All-American in 1946 and two times All-SEC, he won the national championship in 1942.
Trippi was selected first overall by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1945 NFL Draft and was then marked as a future pick.
But after serving his country, he went back to Georgia and resumed his All-American football and baseball careers there.
He rapidly established himself as one of the NFL's top players after signing with the Chicago Cardinals in 1947, excelling throughout the course of a nine-year career as a quarterback