June 21, 2011
Eddie Khayat has called as many friends and former teammates of Chuck Bednarik as he can find to help with plans for a statue of the legendary Eagle at Franklin Field. Now, Khayat, a lineman on the 1960 NFL championship team, is turning to you. "I always felt that the Eagles fans were part of the team," Khayat said. "There were 67,000 fans at the 1960 championship game. If there are 15,000 of those fans still with us, and if we could get everyone to contribute $1, it would go a long way to help.
June 6, 2011
The back-page story in Friday's Daily News was about the organized effort to raise enough money to construct a statue of Penn and Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, which would be placed at Franklin Field, where he starred in college and in the NFL. That made us wonder which other Philadelphia sports legend might be deserving of a statue beyond those already immortalized. The results of a reader poll conducted on philly.com show that 27.8 percent of respondents thought Bob Clarke should be honored with a statue, followed by 20.6 percent for Smokin' Joe Frazier and 13.6 percent for Reggie White.
June 3, 2011 |
NO ONE LIVES forever, but some would say that the closest thing to immortality for sports heroes is to have their likeness cast in bronze. Less than a month ago, a statue of former middleweight champion Joey Giardello was unveiled in South Philadelphia. The next legendary Philly athlete to be so honored is likely to be Penn and Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, a former center and linebacker who is called the last of the 60-minute men. If and when the necessary money is raised and the oft-discussed project is completed, the Bednarik statue would be placed at Franklin Field as the centerpiece of a proposed sports museum that includes a large mural that pays tribute not only to the Quakers' football past, but to the days when the Eagles also called the 116-year-old stadium their home.
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.
March 31, 2011
Chuck Bednarik was released from St. Luke's Hospital near Bethlehem, Pa., on Tuesday night, a hospital spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The Eagles great was admitted after suffering shortness of breath last Tuesday. On Monday, Bednarik's son-in-law Ken Safarowic said the 85-year-old had been cleared to return home after a battery of tests found no major problems. Safarowic said that Bednarik had begun walking, but may initially need the assistance of a walker. A message left with Safarowic, who has been acting as spokesman for the Bednarik family, was not returned on Wednesday.
March 25, 2011 |
Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik is expected to remain in a Lehigh Valley hospital for a few more days, according to his son-in-law, Ken Safarowic. Bednarik, 85, ate solid food yesterday and is continuing to undergo tests as doctors try to determine why he had shortness of breath and a drop in blood pressure and felt faint Tuesday. Safarowic had told the Daily News on Wednesday night that Bednarik has no ongoing conditions and he is "about as healthy as you can be at this stage" and doctors have determined his heart is OK. Safarowic reiterated that Bednarik is eager to get out of the hospital.
March 24, 2011 |
Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik, rushed to a Lehigh Valley hospital Tuesday when he began experiencing a shortage of breath, a drop in blood pressure and feeling faint, is conscious, communicating and is as "feisty as ever," according to his son-in-law, Ken Safarowic. Contrary to rumors that were swirling yesterday, Safarowic said Bednarik, 85, "did not have a heart attack and is not on life support. " "Those were some of the things I was getting hit with today," Safarowic said.
March 16, 2011 |
Never bump into a panda Pablo Sandoval, the once-gigantic Kung Fu Panda of the San Francisco Giants, took the hint over the winter and lost 38 pounds. Reportedly, he was amazed at the mobility he had regained. But he's still a load. Milwaukee's Chris Dickerson, running from second to third on Monday, collided with Sandoval, who was making a surprisingly adept move to his left for a batted ball. Both hit the ground. Sandoval got up after a few seconds, and homered off Mark Rogers two innings later.