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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Chuck Bednarik

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Chuck BednarikChuck Bednarik.jpg -2Chuck Bednarik.jpg -3 I was researching another player for Smallthoughts: Old school Tuesday when I ran across this name. So I continued on this and I found out about Chuck Bednarik.

Who is Chuck Bednarik you ask?

Chuck Bednarik was known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last two-way player in the National Football League.he is perhaps best remembered for a tackle on the New York GiantsFrank Gifford, then a star running back, that knocked Gifford out of professional football for a year and a half, and shortened Gifford’s playing career.

Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 (his first year of eligibility).

He was a member of the Eagles’ NFL Championship teams in 1949 and 1960. In the 1960 NFL Championship Game, Bednarik, the last Eagle between Green Bay’s Jim Taylor and the end zone, tackled Taylor on the final play of the game at the Eagles’ eight yard line, and remained atop Taylor as the final seconds ticked off the clock, ensuring the Packers could not run another play and preserving a 17-13 Eagles victory.[2]

A tough and highly effective tackler, Bednarik is perhaps best known for knocking Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over 18 months, with one of the most famous tackles in NFL history, in 1960. Bednarik had a famous quarrel with Chuck Noll, who once, as a player for the Cleveland Browns, smashed him in the face during a fourth-down punting play.

Bednarik proved extremely durable, missing just three games in his 14 seasons. 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 popular belief) from his reputation as a ferocious 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.”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday salutes Concrete Charlie aka Chuck Bednarik.

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