All-time Eagles’ great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik passed a way this morning. Bednarik is arguably the greatest Eagle of all time and the last great two-way player to play in the NFL. Concrete Charlie as he was often referred to as played most of his career at MLB but due to injuries doubled as the teams center. Arguments have been made he could have been a HOF center in addition to his defensive accolades.
Born on May 1st, 1925 in Bethlehem, PA Bednarik played his High School ball at Bethlehem Catholic. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania where he would be the 1st overall selection in the 1949 NFL Draft. At 6’3 233 LBs, Bedarnik was a force to be reckoned with on the Eagles’ defense. He finished his Eagles’ career with: 169 games played, 8 pro bowl selections, 20 career interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries.
Chuck Bednarik was a two-time NFL Champion (1949 & 1960) & Five-Time First-Team All Pro selection. He was inducted into the HOF in 1987 and is a member of the NFL’s 1950’s All – Decade Team and the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team. His number 60 is retired by the Eagles’. Bednarik is most known for his hit on Frank Gifford where he broke Gifford’s back. Bednarik is standing over Gifford with a clenched fist. Some thought he was taunting Gifford. He was actually yelling, “this game is f-ing over” as the hit ended the game.
He will be missed by all Eagles’ Nation.
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