American football playerDied when: 89 years 111 days (1071 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Robert Richard Chappuis ( CHAP-ee-əs;February 24, 1923 – June 14, 2012) was an American football player who played halfback and quarterback for the University of Michigan Wolverines in 1942, 1946, and 1947.
His college years were interrupted by service in the U.S.Army Air Forces during World War II.Chappuis flew 21 missions as a radio operator and aerial gunner on B-25 bombers in the European Theater.
His aircraft was shot down in February 1945 in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.Chappuis parachuted from the plane before it crashed, and Italian partisans rescued him by hiding Chappuis and two other crew members for the final three months of the war.
After the war, Chappuis returned to Michigan where he broke the Big Nine Conference record for total offense in 1946 and then broke his own record in 1947.
He led the 1947 Michigan team known as the "Mad Magicians" to an undefeated season and a 49–0 win over the USC Trojans in the 1948 Rose Bowl game.
Chappuis was a unanimous All-American selection in 1947 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1948 Rose Bowl.His picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1947 in connection with a feature article about Chappuis and the 1947 Wolverines.
He placed second in the 1947 Heisman Trophy balloting.During his career he established many football records that lasted for over a generation and became an All-American.
He continues to hold the Big Ten Conference single-season passer rating record and the Michigan Wolverines single-season yards/completion records.
He was one of the early passing specialists in an era where football players were just beginning to either play on offense or defense instead of both.
Chappuis played professional football in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) as a quarterback for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Hornets in 1948 and 1949.
He led the Dodgers in total offense in 1948 with 1,402 yards passing and 310 yards rushing.When both clubs and the AAFC folded, Chappuis retired from football in 1950.
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.