Charley Trippi (b. 1920)
Charles "Charley" Trippi, a University of Georgia (UGA) halfback from 1941 to 1943 and 1945 to 1946,
Trippi was born on December 14, 1920, in Pittston, Pennsylvania. His athletic abilities as a teenager attracted the attention of a former University of Georgia Bulldog, Harold "War Eagle" Ketron, who operated Coca-Cola bottling plants in the area. Ketron offered Trippi a scholarship to Georgia, which the nineteen-year-old accepted.
Trippi enrolled at UGA in 1941 and immediately had an impact on Georgia football, playing halfback on the undefeated freshman team.
Trippi missed the next two and a half seasons serving in the Air Force in World War II (1941-45). He returned for the last six games of 1945 and, in the season finale against Georgia Tech, set the SEC records for passing yards and total yards in a single game. Trippi captained the Bulldogs in his senior year, leading the 1946 team to an undefeated SEC championship season and a Sugar Bowl victory and winning the Maxwell Award as college player of the year.
After graduation Trippi played professionally as a running back with the Chicago Cardinals for nine seasons,
Trippi lives in Athens with his second wife, Margaret. He had three children, Charles Jr., Brenda, and Jo Ann with his first wife, Virginia, who died in 1971.
Claude Felton, ed., 2001 Georgia Football Media Guide (Athens: University of Georgia Athletic Association, 2001).
Loran Smith, ed., Between the Hedges: 100 Years of Georgia Football (Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1992).
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