NFL Hall Of Famer and last 2-way player Chuck Bednarik dies

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NFL Hall Of Famer and Last 2-Way Player Chuck Bednarik Dies

The football world lost one of its toughest, most "old school" players as Chuck Bednarik died early Saturday morning after a brief illness.

The Philadelphia Eagles were the first to announce the Hall of Famer's death on the team website. In a notoriously hard city to win over, Bednarik played a team record 14 seasons for the Eagles and won two NFL championships with the team.

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FILE - This undated photo shows Chuck Bednarik, of the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, has died. He was 89. (AP Photo)
Professional athletes pose with awards as athletes of the decade, 1950-1960, at dinner in New York on Nov. 26, 1962. From left are Arnold Palmer, golf; Jimmy Brown, football; Eddie Arcaro, horse racing; Chuck Bednarik, football lineback, and Maurice Richard, hockey. The selections were based on vote of 250 sports writers and broadcasters. (AP Photo/John J. Lent)
Philadelphia Eagles' Chuck Bednarik looks at an Associated Press photo of Frank Gifford holding an ice pack to his head in his hospital bed, Nov. 22, 1960 in Philadelphia. Bednarik said he was sorry Gifford was hurt and wished him speedy recovery. Gifford was hurt during a play involving Bednarik in Sunday's game in New York. (AP Photo/Warren M. Winterbottom)
Chuck Bednarik of the Philadelphia Eagles removes his uniform in St. Louis, Dec. 16, 1962 after the game which the St. Louis Cardinals won 45-35. The game was Bednarik's last. The jersey and the shoes will be placed in the Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo)
Philadelphia Eagles pro-football team head coach Buck Shaw points as he is shown with three of his squad’s outstanding players at training camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Sept. 7, 1960. Shaw says he feels he will be fielding one of the best teams this season that the Eagles have had in more than ten years. From left are backs Tommy McDonald, Norm Van Brocklin, Shaw and center Chuck Bednarik. (AP Photo/Sam Myers)
New York Giants' Frank Gifford lies on field as play continues after he was Knocked unconsoious by Philadelphia's Chuck Bednarik (6) as Gifford was carrying the ball. Play came in fourth quarter of game at New York's Yankee Stadium, November 21, 1960. Eagle's Chuck Weber is diving on Ball. (AP Photo)
Chuck Bednarik, left, named "Lineman of the Week," holds his trophy at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association awards, Jan. 31, 1949. With him are Jack Wilson and Lou Boudreau. (AP Photo/Warren M. Winterbottom)
Chuck Bednarik of the Philadelphia Eagles is shown in 1951. (AP Photo)
Bill Dudley, Washington Redskins ball-carrier is raised off his feet as Chuck Bednarik of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a solid tackle in the first quarter of a National Football League Game in Washington, on Nov. 12, 1950. Dudley lost a yard on the play. Other players: John Green (89), end, and Jay MacDowell (88), tackle, both Eagles, and Charlie Justice (22), back, of Redskins. (AP Photo/WCA)
Charles P. Bednarik holds the Dr. Matthew J. Golden memorial trophy presented to him at the fifth annual Brooklyn Prep Sports dinner, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Jan. 8, 1949. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Chuck Bednarik, All-America center at the University of Pennsylvania, Oct. 27, 1946, has been named "Lineman of the Week," in the weekly poll conducted by the Associated Press. (AP Photo)
FILE - This . Jan. 8, 1949, file photo shows Chuck Bednarik, right, All-American center of the University of Pennsylvania football team, receiving the Matthew G. Golden memorial trophy from New York State Supreme Court Justice William T. Powers at the fifth annual dinner of the alumni and fathers' guild of the Brooklyn Prep School in Brooklyn, N.Y. The trophy was awarded to Bednarik for being the country's outstanding Catholic football player of the past year. At left is Coach George Munger of the University of Pennsylvania. Bednarik, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, is in serious condition in a hospital near his Pennsylvania home. A nursing supervisor at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem would not provide additional information on the condition of the 85-year-old former star.(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
Chuck Bednarik, right, All-American center of the University of Pennsylvania football team, receives the Matthew G. Golden memorial trophy from New York State Supreme Court Justice William T. Powers at the fifth annual dinner of the alumni and fathers' guild of the Brooklyn Prep School in Brooklyn, Jan. 8, 1949. The trophy was awarded to Bednarik for being the country's outstanding Catholic football player of the past year. At left is Coach George Munger of the University of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
FILE - This is a July 29, 1959 file photo showing Philadelphia Eagles football player Chuck Bednarik. Bednarik, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, is in serious condition in a hospital near his Pennsylvania home. A nursing supervisor at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem would not provide additional information on the condition of the 85-year-old former star.(AP Photo/File)
Chuck Bednarik, right, looks at Norman Van Brocklin’s no. 11 jersey, as the Philadelphia Eagles start training at Hershey, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1959. (AP Photo)
Norm Van Brocklin, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, takes the ball from Chuck Bednarik, center during a workout before their opening exhibition game with Baltimore Clots in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 9, 1958. Bednarik was shifted from defensive linebacker to offensive center for the first time since joining the Eagles to give Van Brocklin more blocking protection. Van Brocklin was obtained from the Los Angeles Rams. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis)
Eagles back Theron Sapp, with a firm grip on the ball, is shown making 18 yards before being stopped by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Karl Rubke (52) who is close behind him, Sept. 27, 1959, San Francisco, Calif. At right in the second quarter action is Eagles center Chuck Bednarik (60). (AP Photo/RHH)
PHILADELPHIA - 1960: Linebacker Chuck Bednarik #60, of the Philadelphia Eagles, poses for a portrait in a medieval knight's armor, lance and helmet in 1960 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Art Rickerby/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20, 1960: Linebacker Chuck Bednarik #60 (right), of the Philadelphia Eagles, hits Frank Gifford #16 (center), of the New York Giants, to stop the last chance the Giants had of coming back and tying the score during a game on November 20, 1960 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Gifford was knocked unconscious and taken from the field as the Eagles beat the Giants, 17-10. Chuck Weber#51 (third from left) for the Eagles recovered the resulting fumble. 601120-29 (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Chuck Bednarik #60 celebrates after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game in Franklin Field on Decmeber 26, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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Bednarik was best known for playing both sides of the ball as both a center on offense and a linebacker on defense, and he had a reputation as one of the hardest hitters of his time. (Video via Delaware County Daily Times)

His hit on fellow Hall of Famer Frank Gifford in a game in 1960 was so violent, he knocked the halfback out for the rest of that season and the next year with a concussion.

Bednarik was born only about 60 miles outside Philadelphia. Following his service as a B-24 gunner in World War II, he attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before the Eagles drafted him in 1949. Chuck Bednarik was 89. (Video via WCAU)

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