Charlie Conerly

Charlie Conerly
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Conerly with the Giants
No. 42
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1921-09-19)September 19, 1921
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Died: February 13, 1996(1996-02-13) (aged 74)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Ole Miss
NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 13 / Pick: 127
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 173–167
Passing yards: 19,488
Passer rating: 68.2
Player stats at NFL.com

Charles Albert Conerly Jr. (September 19, 1921 – February 13, 1996) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1948 through 1961. Conerly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

College career

1947 Ole Miss media guide featuring Charlie Conerly (left) and coach Johnny Vaught (right).

Conerly attended and played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He started at Ole Miss in 1942, but left to serve as a Marine in the South Pacific during World War II where he fought in the Battle of Guam. [1] [2]

He returned to Mississippi in 1946 and led the team to their first Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in 1947. During that season, he led the nation in pass completions with 133, rushed for nine touchdowns and passed for 18 more, was a consensus All-American selection, and was named Player of the Year by the Helms Athletic Foundation. [2] He played the halfback position for the Rebels. He earned consensus All-America in 1947 when he led the Rebels to a record of 9–2 including a 13–9 win over TCU in the Delta Bowl at Crump Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.[ citation needed]

Conerly's 1947 squad had upset wins over Kentucky (14–7 in Oxford), Florida (14–6 in Jacksonville, Florida), LSU (20–18 in Baton Rouge), and Tennessee (43–13 in Memphis). He placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was a two-time All SEC performer. He was named Player of the Year and Back of the Year of the SEC in 1947. He set numerous school records and still ranked 12th in 2008 in career total offense with 3,076 yards. He was ranked 12th in career passing with 2,313 yards and 26 TDs.[ citation needed]

Conerly also played baseball at Ole Miss, where he hit .467 in 1948 and was offered a professional contract. [2]

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