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.
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)