This famous image of Chuck Bednarik knocking out Giants RB Frank Gifford is one of the most iconic in NFL history.
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Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame LB and Center Chuck Bednarik has passed away at age 89. The 8-time All-Pro and 5-time Pro Bowler was considered one of the NFL’s greatest “60 Minute Men” because he played on both sides of the field in an age where players often pulled double-duty.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issued a statement in a press release by the team: “With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend… Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game… He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time.”
Bednarik was a member of the last two of the Eagles’ NFL Championship wins in 1949 and 1960. Bednarik and the Eagles have the distinction of being the only team in NFL history to defeat Packers head coach Vince Lombardi in a playoff game. The Eagles have not won a Championship in the nearly-55 years since then but have appeared in two Super Bowls – both losses.
During the 1960 championship season, Bednarik famously delivered a crushing blow that nearly ended the career of New York Giants Hall of Fame Frank Gifford. Giants linebacker Sam Huff, described the hit (pictured above) as the “greatest tackle I’ve ever seen” and is considered one of the most iconic images in NFL history.