Write to Bednarik

Posted: April 21, 2011

HAD A call the other day from a reader asking about Chuck Bednarik. The guy, who didn't identify himself, just wanted to pass along a note to Bednarik, who had a recent hospital stay after experiencing shortness of breath and feeling faint.

Bednarik has much of his strength back, says son-in-law Ken Safarowic, and appreciates all the well-wishes he's received. If you'd like to pass along a note to Bednarik, send it to us here at the Daily News and we'll make sure he gets it.

Our address: Daily News Sports Dept., c/o Chuck Bednarik, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Bednarik, the greatest Eagles player ever, turns 86 on May 1, so a birthday card would be appropriate.

Wild Kittens

The University of Kentucky yesterday announced that three of the key components to this year's Final Four run are dipping their toes into the NBA water.

Freshmen Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight and junior DeAndre Liggins have declared for the draft but are not hiring an agent.

That got us thinking about the record five Wildcats who were selected in the first round last year and how they fared this season.

* John Wall (No. 1 overall) averaged 16.4 points and 8.4 assists for Washington, but was hampered by ankle injuries. He's got star potential.

* DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5) averaged 14.1 points and 8.6 rebounds for Sacramento, but still has some maturing to do. He has the talent to be terrific.

* Patrick Patterson (No. 14) averaged 6.3 points in 52 games for Houston. The jury's still out.

* Eric Bledsoe (No. 19) averaged 6.7 points for the Clippers in 81 games and played well in 25 starts. He is playing behind Mo Williams, which should help him grow into a capable NBA point guard.

* Daniel Orton (No. 29) did not play in any games for Orlando this season and a knee injury suffered in the D-League only clouds his forecast. *

- Ed Barkowitz

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