- Charlie Conerly
Charlie Conerly No. 42 Quarterback Personal information Date of birth: September 19, 1921
Date of death: February 13, 1996(aged 74)
Career information College: Mississippi NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 13 / Pick: 127 Debuted in 1948 for the New York Giants Last played in 1961 for the New York Giants Career history Career highlights and awards Stats at NFL.com College Football Hall of Fame
Charles Albert Conerly, Jr. (September 19, 1921 – February 13, 1996) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants from 1948 through 1961. Conerly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
Conerly attended and played college football at the University of Mississippi. He originally started at Mississippi 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. He returned to Mississippi in 1946 and led the team to their first Southeastern Conference 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-America selection, and was named Player of the Year by the Helms Athletic Foundation.
Conerly lettered at Ole Miss in 1942 and 1946-47. He was considered one of the greatest players in Ole Miss football history. He played the tailback position for the Rebels, but handled all of the passing chores. 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 in Crump Stadium in Memphis, TN. Conerly's 1947 squad had upset wins over Kentucky (14-7 in Oxford), Florida (14-6 in Jacksonville, FL), 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.
Conerly also played baseball at Mississippi, where he hit .467 in 1948 and was offered a professional contract.
He was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. Conerly is also a member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893–1992).
Conerly was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played his entire career with the New York Giants as a quarterback, where he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1950 and 1956 and was NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1959 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association .
Conerly was named NFL "Rookie of the Year" in 1948.
He led the Giants to three NFL Championship games in four seasons (1956,1958–59), including a 47-7 victory over the Chicago Bears in the 1956 NFL Championship.
Conerly and his wife Perian (author of the book, Backseat Quarterback) retired to his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he spent his final days. Conerly owned shoe stores throughout the Mississippi Delta.
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1947 College Football All-America Team consensus selections New York Giants 1956 NFL ChampionsBen Agajanian | Bill Austin | Ray Beck | Rosey Brown | Hank Burnine | Don Chandler | Bobby Clatterbuck | Charlie Conerly | Gene Filipski | Frank Gifford | Rosey Grier | Don Heinrich | Johnny Hermann | Sam Huff | Ed Hughes | Gerry Huth | Jim Katcavage | Cliff Livingston | Ken MacAfee | Dick Modzelewski | Henry Moore | Dick Nolan | Jimmy Patton | Herb Rich | Andy Robustelli | Kyle Rote | Bob Schnelker | Jack Spinks | Jack Stroud | Harland Svare | Bill Svoboda | Mel Triplett | Emlen Tunnell | Alex Webster | Ray Wietecha | Dick Yelvington | Walt Yowarsky
Head Coach Jim Lee Howell
Assistant Coaches Ken Kavanaugh | Ed Kolman | Tom Landry | Vince Lombardi
New York Giants starting quarterbacks New York Giants Retired Numbers New York Giants Ring of Honor
Jessie Armstead | Tiki Barber | Al Blozis | Rosey Brown | Harry Carson | Charlie Conerly | Frank Gifford | Pete Gogolak | Mel Hein | Jim Lee Howell | Sam Huff | Tuffy Leemans | Dick Lynch | Jack Mara | Tim Mara | Wellington Mara | George Martin | Joe Morrison | Steve Owen | Bill Parcells | Andy Robustelli | Phil Simms | Michael Strahan | Ken Strong | Lawrence Taylor | Bob Tisch | Y. A. Tittle | Amani Toomer | Emlen Tunnell | George Young
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