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John James Charles (May 9, 1944 – June 16, 2019) was an American football cornerback and safety who played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue University where he was an All-American in 1966 and the Rose Bowl MVP in leading the Boilers to the championship over USC. He prepped at Linden High School in Linden, New Jersey. Charles was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015.

John Charles
Personal information
Born:(1944-05-09)May 9, 1944
Newark, New Jersey
Died:June 16, 2019(2019-06-16) (aged 75)
Houston, Texas
Career information
High school:Linden (Linden, New Jersey)
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history

Charles died on June 16, 2019, aged 76.[1][2]


  1. ^ Schott, Tom (June 18, 2019). "John Charles: 1944-2019". Purdue Sports. Purdue University. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ John James Charles

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