Before the Super Bowl era, Chuck Bednarik was one of the most menacing men in football.
After having spent four years in the United States Air Force, the tough-as-nails Bednarik not only dominated at linebacker, but also played center for the Eagles all throughout the 50s. He was one of the last 60-minute men in the NFL and played an invaluable role in both Eagles championship teams in 1949 and 1960. Now, Bednarik has an award named after him, annually awarded to college football’s best defensive player.
Bednarik was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, his first year of eligibility. To this day, Bednarik remains one of the hardest tacklers in NFL history.
How can you not be after almost killing Frank Gifford?
In case you’ve never seen it, here is an incredible piece on Bednarik, told through his granddaughter at NFL Films.