NFL Hall of Fame football star Charley Trippi died in his Athens, Georgia, home on Wednesday at the age of 100.
Trippi was the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame and a former star for both the NCAA’s Georgia Bulldogs and Chicago’s NFL team.
Oldest Member Of Pro-Football Hall Of Fame Dead At Age 100 https://t.co/e2nQDESzEh
— Jamie Agee (@JamieAgee6) October 20, 2022
“Trippi was considered to be one of the most versatile players in the history of football and famously signed a then-record $100,000 contract in 1947,” the Daily Caller reported.
“He led the Cardinals to a championship win in Jan. 1947 and continued to show his passion and dedication to the team for another nine years, People reported,” it added.
Charley Trippi, Oldest Member of Football Hall of Fame, Dead at 100 https://t.co/U5L6CGLK8U
— People (@people) October 20, 2022
“Selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame (1959), National Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1965), the star athlete is also one of only four Georgia players to ever have his jersey retired, the school said,” People reported.
“He found his way to Georgia after taking a job at a Coca-Cola bottling factory as a driver during one summer, according to The Times, which helped to facilitate a try-out with the Bulldogs,” it added.
Yesterday we said goodbye to one of the greatest to ever represent the red and black. Charley Trippi’s legacy helped shape the foundation of what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog and is the definition of a DGD. Our condolences go out to the Trippi family during this time. pic.twitter.com/99ZLEj98Ul
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) October 20, 2022
Though rare today, Trippi could run, pass, kick, and catch, helping him stand out among those in his era.
Trippi also turned down professional baseball contracts after being a star player on the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team.
The talented star lived a long and impactful life, living a full century as the Hall of Fame’s longest-living star.