Paul Christman

Green Bay Packers
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  • The legendary “Pitchin Paul” Christman came to Mizzou from Maplewood, Mo., and lettered in football in 1938-39-40, and in baseball in 1938-39-41.
  • He was a three-time all-Big Six Conference quarterback, and twice won all-America honors.
  • Christman finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1939, and fifth in 1940.
  • He went on to play in the National Football League with the Chicago Cardinals (1945-49) and Green Bay Packers (1950) and led the Cardinals to division titles in 1947-8 and the league championship in 1947.
  • He still ranks fourth in MU history with 2,989 passing yards, and third with 3,882 yards of total offense.
  • In 1940, he led the nation with 1,131 yards passing and 13 TD passes. During his career, MU had a 20-8 record with a Big Six title in ’39 and its first bonafide bowl game – the 1940 Orange Bowl.
  • His jersey number (44) is retired.