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Encyclopedia > Chuck Bednarik
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Date of birth May 1, 1925
Place of birth Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date of death {{{DateOfDeath}}}
Position(s) Linebacker, Center
College Pennsylvania
NFL Draft 1949 / Round 1/ Pick 1
AFL Draft [[{{{AFLDraftedYear}}} American Football League Draft#Round_{{{AFLDraftedRound}}}|{{{AFLDraftedYear}}}]] / Round {{{AFLDraftedRound}}}
Pro Bowls 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953,
1954, 1956, 1957, 1960
Awards 1953 Pro Bowl MVP
Honors Eagles Honor Roll
Retired #s Philadelphia Eagles #60
Records
Statistics Pro Football Reference
Statistics NFL.com
Statistics CBS.com
Statistics DatabaseFootball
Statistics ESPN
Statistics Sports Illustrated
Team(s)
1949-1962 Philadelphia Eagles
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1967

Charles Philip Bednarik (born May 1, 1925 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) (a.k.a. Concrete Charlie) is a former professional football player, best remembered as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL from the late 1940s to the early 1960s and, upon retirement, was voted entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Image File history File links Mug1173. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1741 County Lehigh and Northampton Counties Mayor John B. Callahan Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 50. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ... 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Early life and military service

Bednarik began playing football in his hometown of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley area. After graduating from Bethlehem's Liberty High School, Bednarik entered the United States Army Air Forces and served as a B-24 waist-gunner with the Eighth Air Force. He flew on 30 combat missions over Germany and was highly decorated for his honor in battle. The Bethlehem Steel Corporation in the Lehigh Valley, once one of the worlds largest manufacturers of steel, closed in 2003. ... Liberty High School is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was a part of the U.S. Army during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a heavy bomber, it served with distinction not only in that... The Eighth Air Force is a numbered air force (NAF) of the major command (MAJCOM) of Air Combat Command of the United States Air Force and it is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. ...


Bednarik subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was an All-American. At the University of Pennsylvania, he also was seventh in Heisman Trophy voting in 1948 and won the Maxwell Award that year. The University of Pennsylvania (Penn is the moniker used by the university itself [2]) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. ...


Football career

Bednarik was the first player drafted in the 1949 National Football League draft, chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles, he starred on both offense (as a center) and defense (as a linebacker). He was a member of the Eagles' NFL Championship teams in 1949 and 1960. 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, Silver, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


A tough and highly effective tackler, Bednarik is perhaps best known for putting Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for a year, with one of the most famous tackles in NFL history in 1960. Frank Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, the Giants, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi Local radio Flagship stations: WFAN (660... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Bednarik proved extremely durable. In 14 seasons, he missed just three games. He was named All-Pro eight times, and was the last of the NFL's "Sixty Minute Men," players who played both offense and defense on a regular basis.


Bednarik's nickname, "Concrete Charlie," originated from his off-season career as a concrete salesman for the Warner Company, not (contrary to conventional wisdom) because of his ferocious reputation as a tackler. Nonetheless, sportswriter Hugh Brown of The Bulletin in Philadelphia, credited with bestowing the nickname, remarked that Bednarik "is as hard as the concrete he sells." Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ...


His number 60 has been retired by the Eagles.


See also

The Chuck Bednarik Award, named for the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Chuck Bednarik is given annually to the College Defensive Football Player of the Year. ...

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ESPN Classic - More Info on Chuck Bednarik (628 words)
Bednarik's crushing blow to Gifford's chest left the running back on his back, out cold with a severe concussion - and out of football the rest of that season and all the next year as well.
Bednarik was on the field for 135 of the 138 plays in the 17-13 victory over Green Bay, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bednarik's feisty criticism of Deion Sanders' two-way play one season didn't end with the feeling Sanders was not duplicating his physical style.
Chuck Bednarik - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (393 words)
Bednarik subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was an All-American.
Bednarik was the first player drafted in the 1949 National Football League draft, chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles.
A tough and highly effective tackler, Bednarik is perhaps best known for putting Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for a year, with one of the most famous tackles in NFL history in 1960.
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