March 29, 2011
Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, who was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem last week after suffering shortness of breath, is expected to be released later this week, his son-in-law said Monday night. "He was up and walking around today and eating more," said Ken Safarowic, who has been a spokesman for the Bednarik family. Safarowic said that tests had revealed no major problems for Bednarik, although he conceded that the 85-year-old Hall of Famer "needed to get retooled.
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.
January 8, 2011 |
Gabe DeSimone, Hugh MacDonough, and Tom Woodruff do not know one another. But all three men rose early in the morning on Dec. 26, 1960, grabbed their tickets, and made their way to Franklin Field for the NFL championship game between their beloved Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. With the Eagles and Packers set to play Sunday for just the third time in the NFL playoffs, the men this week recalled that first playoff matchup that featured Norm Van Brocklin, Tommy McDonald, and Chuck Bednarik; and Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, and Max McGee.
September 15, 2010
HONORING the 1960 Eagles on the eve of the season opener against the very franchise it defeated a half-century ago for the NFL championship was a classy tribute to the last Philadelphia squad to win an NFL title. For many older fans, saluting the surviving members of the only team to vanquish Vince Lombardi's juggernaut of the 1960s likely eased the frustration of 50 years that have seen more agony than ecstasy. And to cheer such legends as Tommy McDonald, Pete Retzlaff, Norm van Brocklin and Chuck Bednarik afforded a thrill for those too young to have enjoyed an Eagles championship firsthand.
September 8, 2010
Eighteen members of the 1960 Eagles, longtime public relations director Jim Gallagher and the spouses of two deceased players will arrive Friday for a 3-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of their NFL championship. On Saturday, the 1960 team will join the 2010 team for its final walkthrough at the NovaCare Complex before Sunday's season opener. The team will return to Franklin Field for a photo taken in the same spot as the team photo was shot 50 years ago, and then tour the stadium.
May 4, 2010 |
It's a good start and a nice gesture, but it's not enough. The Eagles should do more. On Monday, at a news conference appropriately held at Franklin Field, site of the title game, the Eagles announced they'll honor the 1960 NFL championship team by wearing throwback kelly green uniforms - complete with the classic, white block numbers on the jerseys and helmets with gray wings and facemasks - for the first game of the 2010 season. On Sept. 15, the Birds will play the Green Bay Packers, the team the Eagles defeated 50 years ago, 17-13, to win the franchise's last title of any significance.
February 9, 2010 |
The first time Pat Summerall met Tom Brookshier, at Franklin Field, it was a violent greeting. "He just about split my face mask away from my helmet," Summerall said yesterday, eulogizing his friend and longtime broadcast partner at a memorial service at the Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Brookshier, 78, died Jan. 29 after a battle with cancer. At a memorial service filled with local and national sports luminaries, eulogies were given for the former Eagles star defensive back by his friends Summerall, Dick Vermeil, Jack Whitaker, and Billy Cunningham, as well as Brookshier's daughter Betsy.
January 31, 2010 |
Tom Brookshier, according to his friends, knew how to tackle. Whether on the football field or as a television and radio personality, his impact was equally immense and intense. He was an all-pro on the last Eagles team to win an NFL championship, in 1960, and was part of CBS's top NFL broadcast team during the 1970s along with his close friend Pat Summerall. In the late 1980s he hired Angelo Cataldi, launching the 610 WIP sports-talk format that remains in place today. Mr. Brookshier, 78, died Friday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.