Charlie Mathys

Charles Peter "Charlie" Mathys (June 20, 1897 – January 18, 1983) was an American professional football player. He played running back for one season (1920-1921) for the Hammond Pros and Quarterback, Kicker, and Punt Returner for five seasons (1922-1926) for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League.[1]

Charlie Mathys
No. 2     Green Bay Packers
Born:June 20, 1897
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Died:January 18, 1983
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Career information
StatusRetired
Position(s)QB, K, PR
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
CollegeRipon College & Indiana University
Career history
As player
1920–1921Hammond Pros
1922–1926Green Bay Packers

Early life

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mathys attendedGreen Bay West High School, where he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. At the time he was in high school, the Green Bay Packers practiced against local high school teams. While Mathys was quarterback at Green Bay West, he led his team to a victory over the Packers. After high school, Mathys played college football at Ripon College. In the early 1900s, freshmen were not allowed to play, so Charlie was listed as a sophomore on the roster so he was able to compete. After a brief "sophomore" stint at Ripon, Charlie transferred to Indiana University,[2] where he was once again listed as a sophomore on the roster. Charlie emerged as star at Indiana and was on all-conference teams during his tenure there.[3]

Professional football career

Mathys began his professional career with the Hammond Pros in the 1920-1921 season. He appeared in five games, starting in four of them. After the 1921 season, Mathys returned to Green Bay to play for the Packers.[2] He played for the Packers for the next five seasons, appearing in 47 games and starting in 45 of them. Mathys was the quarterback on the first Packer team to beat the Chicago Bears, on September 27, 1925, throwing a last second touchdown pass to win the game 14-10. During his career, Mathys was one of the highest paid players in the league. In a time when players were typically paid $50 per game, Mathys was paid $100 per game, $50 from two different banks.

Mathys retired after the 1926 season when his wife told him he needed to find a "real" job and come home to start a family. He had appeared in 52 games, starting 49 of them. He finished his career scoring 102 total points, 16 total touchdowns (1 rushing, 4 receiving, and 11 passing), including a team high 7 passing in 1925. He also tallied two field goals, one for the Hammond Pros and one for the Green Bay Packers.

After retiring from professional football, Mathys served as a member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors for many years. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1977.

Career Statistics

Year Team Games Played/Games Started Receptions Rec. Yards Rec. TDs Pass Yds Pass TDs INTs Rush Yds Rush TDs DEF INTs DEF Tackles Fumble Recoveries FG Made
1921 HAMM 5 / 4 * * * * * * * * * * * 1
1922 GB 10 / 10 2* * 2 * * 0 * * * * * 1
1923 GB 10 / 10 32 425* 0 133 2 0 9 1 4 * * 0
1924 GB 11 / 11 28 579 2 16 0 0 -1 0 3 7.5 1 0
1925 GB 12 / 11 11 147 0 105 7 1 20 0 3 1 1 0
1926 GB 4 / 3 2 3* 0 35* 2 1 15 0 0 * 1 0
TOTALS HAMM & GB 52 / 49 90 1506 4 289* 11 2 43 1 10 8.5 3 2

[*] = Unofficial statistics due to record keeping error in the 1920s. Statistics are based on packershistory.net. The totals have been adjusted to the career totals accounted for in the Pro Football Chronicle by Dan Daly and Bob O'Donnell. [4]

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football Reference.com-Charlie Mathys
  2. ^ a b "Green Bay Signs Star". Sheboygan Press Telegram. September 22, 1922. p. 11. Retrieved April 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ http://www.packershistory.net/1922PACKERS.html
  4. ^ http://www.packershistory.net

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External links

Charles "Charlie" Mathys at Find a Grave

  1. ^ Rivard, Raymond. "Green Bay Packers football: Charles Mathys". lombariave.com. Fansided. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
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