Three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class of the1940s were named in an emailed press release on Sunday, Oct. 13. They are Bob Chappuis (Michigan), Harry Gilmer (Alabama), Charley Trippi (Georgia). The remaining nominees, chosen by the Football Writers Association of America for the 100th playing of the Granddaddy of Them All, will be announced each week by decade; the details of the selection and schedule have been posted in this column.
Halfback Bob Chappuis, a member of the University of Michigan “Mad Magicians,” rushed the team to a 49-0 victory against USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl Game. The win was the cap on a perfect season for the Wolverines. He set two Rose Bowl Game records with 279 total offensive yards and 14 pass completions, having already broken Big Nine offensive marks with 1,395 total rushing and passing yards for the season and earning All-America honors from the Associated Press, Grantland Rice, United Press International, New York Telegram and Chicago Tribune. Chappuis was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1992.
All-around player Harry Gilmer manned the positions of halfback, quarterback, punter and kickoff returner during his college career at University of Alabama. With 16 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown, he ran the Crimson Tide to a 34-14 victory over USC in the 1946 Rose Bowl Game and was voted Player of the Game. Gilmer’s 16 career interceptions remain among the highest total in Alabama history and earned him All-American and SEC player of the year for 1945. His Call of Fame credentials include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1995.
In the 1943 Rose Bowl Game, halfback Charley Trippi played both offense and defense for a total of 58 minutes, leading the University of Georgia to a 9-0 victory over UCLA to cap an 11-1 season and consensus national championship. He had 25 carries for 130 yards and earned MVP for the game. A Maxwell Award winner in 1946, Trippi played nine seasons in the NFL and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. Trippi was also a 1991 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee.
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