Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik

Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik

Details

  • Position: Center
  • School: Pennsylvania
  • High School: Bethlehem, PA (Liberty HS)
  • Years: 1945-1948
  • Inducted: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Bethlehem, PA
  • Date of Birth: May 01, 1925
  • Jersey Number: 60
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 220

Member Biography

Chuck Bednarik was a hero long before he reached Franklin field at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a 20-year-old veteran of World War II, a highly-decorated aerial gunner with 30 combat missions over Germany to his credit. The 6-3, 220-pound Bednarik proved just as devastating on the gridiron. In a day when the rules allowed for free substitution, Bednarik remained a 60-minute player, operating at center and linebacker. As a senior in 1948, Bednarik won the Maxwell Award, symbolic of the top collegiate player in America. His performance prompted the Philadelphia Eagles to make him their number one draft choice. When he retired from football in 1962 he left a game that had given him two All-America awards as a collegian, eight All-Pro awards as a professional and world championships in 1949 and 1960. He retired as pro-football's last two-way player. In 1969 he was voted by a panel of sportswriters, coaches and hall of fame players as "The Greatest Center of All-Time."