The story of how Charlie Conerly came to be a New York Giant is an interesting one. He was a standout player in college for the University of Mississippi. He was enrolled at "Ole Miss" when he joined the American forces as a Marine during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. The war ended in 1945, and that same year, the Washington Redskins drafted Conerly.
But Conerly chose to return to Mississippi, and in doing so, he became one of the best collegiate passers in the nation. For the 1947 season, Conerly set new collegiate records for completions, yards and passes without an interception.
As the Redskins were established at quarterback when Conerly came out of Mississippi, his rights were traded by Washington to the New York Giants. And so began Conerly's career as a Giant in 1948.
Conerly started in four regular season games as a rookie, playing in 12 total. And as a matter of fact, number 42's first campaign as a Giant was his best, or at least most prolific statistically speaking. He completed 162 passes for 2,175 yards and 22 touchdowns. Only Sammy Baugh threw for more yards than Conerly that season, and only Tommy Thompson threw for more touchdowns (Conerly and Baugh both threw for 22 TDs).
Over his illustrious career throwing the ball for New York, Conerly would lead his team to the NFL championship game three times, winning it all in 1956 with a lopsided 47-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. His regular season career marks were 1,418 completions for 19,488 yards and 173 touchdowns. In 1959 he led the league in yards per pass attempt, and was named NFL MVP.
Did you know..........that Conerly's image was used for one version of the "Marlboro Man" advertisements?