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Paul Joseph Christman (March 5, 1918–March 2, 1970) was an American football player and a member of the College Football Hall of Famemarker. He played college football for the University of Missourimarker and professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

Collegiate career

A St. Louismarker native, Christman led the Missouri Tigers to a 20-8 record during his three seasons as their starting quarterback. He was a two-time All-American, and led the nation in touchdown passes in 1940. He was Missouri's all-time leading passer until 1976, when he was surpassed by Steve Pisarkiewicz. While at the University of Missouri he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. His jersey number, 44, is one of six retired by the school. In 1956, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

National Football League career

Christman played six seasons in the National Football League, from 1945-1950. He was a member of the so-called "Million Dollar Backfield," which led the Cardinals to the 1947 NFL Championship. A notoriously poor ball-handler, at one time he owned the record for most fumbles in a game (five) and most own fumbles recovered in a season (eight).

Broadcasting career

After retiring as a player Christman worked as a color commentator for American Football League games on NBC television, teamed with play-by-play announcer Curt Gowdy; in 1967, the pair called Super Bowl I for the network. In 1968-69 he moved to rival CBS, teaming with Ray Scott on NFL broadcasts.


His daughter is noted Scientology critic Tory Christman.


Christman died in 1970 in Lake Forest, Illinoismarker from a heart attack.

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