Trippi, a prominent figure in football throughout the 1940s and 1950s, passed away on Wednesday, according to the University of Georgia. He was a century old. Trippi, a member of the Class of 1968 inductee from Canton, was the Hall’s oldest surviving inductee at the time of his death. Art McNally, a former referee and head of officiating who is a month older than fellow 97-year-old Hall of Famer Marv Levy, now has that distinction.
According to Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, “Charley Trippi will always have a special position in the history of the National Football League, the Cardinals club, and especially in the hearts of our family. He was a significant member of the 1947 Cardinals NFL winning team, and my grandpa signed him. In more recent years, I had the pleasure of getting to know Charley and hearing his memories of a crucial period for the Cardinals and the NFL.”