Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik dies at 89

Mar 21, 2015 5:50 PM by Ross Field

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, has died. He was 89.

A star linebacker and center, Bednarik helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, tackling Green Bay's Jim Taylor on the final play to seal the victory. The top overall pick in the 1949 draft out of Penn, he spent 14 seasons as one of the toughest and most feared players in the game.

Nicknamed "Concrete Charlie," Bednarik was best known for two plays in that title season: stopping Taylor, and laying out Giants running back Frank Gifford in a regular-season game, giving Gifford a concussion that sidelined him until 1962.

Bednarik entered the Hall of Fame in 1967, his first year of eligibility for the Canton shrine.

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