Arnold Anthony Galiffa
Arnold Anthony Galiffa

Class of 1950

Galiffa was a three-sport standout at Army where he earned a whopping 11 varsity letters. He lettered four times in both basketball and baseball and three times in football.

Football may have been his best sport, though, and he was inducted in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1983. He was named a first-team All-American quarterback by five different agencies in 1949 and led the 1949 squad to a 9-0 record and a fifth Lambert Trophy in six seasons.

He set Academy season records for completions (50), attempts (97) and touchdowns (13) in 1949 and graduated as the school's all-time leader in completions (119), attempts (260), yards (1,947) and touchdowns (21). He was recognized as the male athlete of his class, winning the Army Athletic Association Award in 1950.

Galiffa was a three-year starter at quarterback and held the Army record for longest pass completion (83 yards) from 1949 until 1987. The Black Knights were 31-2-4 during his four years, and recorded three undefeated seasons. He was a member of Army teams that beat Navy in three different sports in one year and was selected the football team's most valuable player as a senior.

He was also stellar on the baseball diamond as a first baseman and on the hardwood as a starting forward in basketball during his senior season before serving in the Korean War. Galiffa still ranks fourth on Army's all-time career touchdown passes list with 21. His 13 scoring tosses in 1949 still stands as the third-best in Army's illustrious football record books.

Galiffa went on to play professional football for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.