By John Turney
|Bednarik, Colorization by John Turney|
Philadelphia Eagles great Chuck Bednarik passed away Saturday morning following a brief illness at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pennsylvania, the team announced. He was 89.
His nickname was “Concrete Charlie” and the Eagles and their fans will mourn him greatly. "With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend," Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said via the team's press release.
Bednarik, a Slovak American from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, Bednarik played in the NFL from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
Bednarik served in the Army Air Corps, earning an Air Medal as a B-24 waist gunner in World War II. After he left the military, Bednarik attended the University of Pennsylvania
With the Eagles, Bednarik was voted to eight Pro Bowls (five as a center and three as a linebacker). He was also a nine-time First-team All-Pro (1950-57, and 1960). He was a Second-team All-Pro selection in 1961.
He also received these honors:
• 1950s All-Decade Team, Center
• NFL 50th Anniversary Team, Center
• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Two-Way Team