Maplewood's Number One Draft Pick

Paul Christman played at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, Mizzou and in the NFL

On the eve of the NFL draft, we bring you Maplewood's All-Star of historic proportions: Paul Christman.

Football and Baseball Hero

The legendary "Pitchin Paul" Christman went to Mizzou from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and lettered in football in 1938-39-40, and in baseball in 1938-39-41.

College Football and NFL Star

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.

Historic Mizzou Rankings

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. (DECEASED)

In addition, to his sports career he also served in the military during World War II.

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