Lehigh Valley and Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik passed away on Saturday. The area will remember "Concrete Charlie" and his legacy as a titan of the game.
One of the NFL's last two-way players, Chuck Bednarik's 14 year career with the Eagles is one that may never be matched. A Pro Football Hall of Famer, "Concrete Charlie" was a true-iron man player as he was in life.
Bednarik played both linebacker and center for the Eagles.
The Liberty grad was a number one overall draft pick and earned multiple Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selections.
His two signature moments came in 1960 with the championship-saving tackle and the Frank Gifford hit.
Dave Lesko examines Bednarik's legacy further.
Chuck Bednarik (1925-2015)
- A Bethlehem native, graduating from Liberty in 1943.
- An American hero, flying 30 combat missions during World War II as a B-24 gunner.
- One of the greatest Eagles players of all-time and did it playing both ways.
- 3 time All-American at Penn, which led to a number one overall selection by the Eagles in the 1949 NFL Draft.
- Played his entire 14-year career in Philly, missing only three games.
- He was a part of two Eagles championship teams, one in 1949 his rookie year and the team's last NFL title in 1960, the signature year.
- Eight-time Pro Bowl selection, five-time first-team All-Pro.
- A Pro Football and Football Hall of Famer and College Football Hall of Famer.
- The Maxwell Football club presents a college award in his honor for the nation's top defensive player every year.
- Signature moments include the tame-saving tackle on Green Bay's Jim Taylor at the 9-yard line on the final play of the 1960 NFL title game.
- And as photographed, the hit that knocked out fellow Hall of Famer Frank Gifford.