Of course, Chuck Bednarik tops this list of amazing Philadelphia Eagles. Why wouldn’t he?
You have to be a bad man to earn a nickname like ‘Concrete Charlie’. We’ll put that on everything. Chuck Bednarik is one of those names that everyone just knows, even if you never saw him play. He’s someone that your grandfather probably told you about.
Why is Bednarik so revered? In a world where we marvel over offensive highlights, Chuck’s knockout shot on Frank Gifford of the New York Giants is one of those clips you’ve seen over and over again, as is the shot of Chuck standing over him to inform him that “This (expletive) game is over”. It’s also one of the most famous clips in Eagles history.
Gifford didn’t play football for 18 months after that. Bednarik, meanwhile, went on to win the 1960 NFL Championship with his teammates, making him the only man that can say he was a member of the 1960 and 1949 Eagles Championship teams.
A two-way player that played both center and linebacker, Bednarik was the first player taken in 1949’s draft. The resume is as follows: the aforementioned NFL Championships (1949 and 1960), ten First-Team All-Pro nods (1950–1957, 1960, 1961), and eight Pro Bowl nominations (1950–1954, 1956, 1957, 1960).
He’s also earned spots on the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team, the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
He’s a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame, and no Bird will ever wear the number 60 jersey because of him. Yep, using a draft choice on ‘Concrete Charlie’ was a wise decision. He isn’t just the greatest draft choice in Eagles history. He might be the best player to ever wear the jersey.