Save up to 90% on a Hartford Courant subscription. Click here to sign up now!

Lehigh University

Legendary Eagle Chuck Bednarik dies

Legendary Eagle Chuck Bednarik dies

Chuck Bednarik, the hard-nosed, legendary, Bethlehem-born Philadelphia Eagle who came to be known as "Concrete Charlie," died Saturday morning. He was 89.

The Hall-of-Fame linebacker and center played from 1949 for to 1962 for the Eagles and was known as one of the most ferocious tacklers of his era. His 14 seasons with the Eagles and eight Pro-Bowl nominations are franchise records. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.

His No. 60 jersey is one of nine numbers retired by the Eagles.

"With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "Philadelphia fans grow up...