August 12, 2007
It was the dimming of an era for the Philadelphia Eagles, although few would have guessed it on that mild December afternoon in Franklin Field, and a final throwback moment for the NFL, a league edging toward the cusp of the modern age. If one player on that day symbolized the passage soon to take place, it was Chuck Bednarik of the Eagles, a square brute from the hard hills of the Lehigh Valley who played both center and linebacker, every play, as...
September 17, 2006 |
In three weeks, you-know-who comes back to town, which means you-know-what is going to be coming out of the mouths of Philadelphia fans. With Terrell Owens wearing a silver helmet and a blue star, the Eagles' rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys figures to be more intense than ever. Truth be told, though, the Eagles' better and more bitter adversary will be at Lincoln Financial Field today. It can easily be argued that the Eagles and New York Giants have engaged in the best NFL rivalry of the 21st century.
February 9, 2005
I'M NOT old enough to have seen Chuck Bednarik in his glory. My father and grandfather told stories about big, bad Chuck - the meanest, nastiest two-way player to ever don Eagle green. But after having seen recent pre-game interviews and reading about his feeling about the Eagles' Super Bowl run, the only image I now have is that of a washed-up miserable old whiner: "Jeff Laurie wouldn't buy my book for the team . . . Wahhhhh!!!" Hey, Chuck, get over it, you big crybaby! You should have just let this generation of Eagle fans enjoy what might be the greatest season and arguably greatest teams this city has ever had without your miserable self-serving whining.
February 2, 2005 |
In the wacky world of championship-craving Eagles enthusiasts, the Rozanskis of Glassboro rest near the top of the heap. They not only bleed Eagles green, but for 50 years and three generations they've also inhaled it, chewed it and absorbed it through their pores. They own season tickets. They tailgate, collect memorabilia, and try to schedule family events around games. When they did have to attend a church wedding during an Eagles game, they took a television. None of which makes them unique among the legions of never-say-die Eagles addicts who endure season after season of tears, fears, jeers and cheers.
January 27, 2004 |
Neither an angry Chuck Bednarik nor an AWOL Harry Kalas dimmed the enthusiasm last night when the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association held its 100th awards banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Cherry Hill. Braving 20-degree temperatures more chilling because of a gusting wind, the earliest sellout crowd in association history responded with warm affection for notables Julius Erving, Bob Clarke, Billie Jean King, Carl Lewis, Tom Lasorda, Ken Hitchcock, Randy Ayers, John Chaney, Bill Bergey, Bernard Hopkins, Larry James and other sports heroes they cheered in the past.
October 2, 2002 |
When the caller ID flashed "Charlie Bednarik," Bethlehem Catholic quarterback Adam Bednarik knew he was hearing from both a boyhood idol and a distant relative. Adam Bednarik grew up in Bethlehem, about a one-hour shot up the turnpike from Philadelphia, entranced by his father's stories about former Philadelphia Eagles center and linebacker Chuck Bednarik. His bone-rattling hits, bulldozing blocks, and blue-collar work ethic landed him in the Hall of Fame and in Adam's highest regard.
September 24, 2002 |
Pinch us: Is this the Eagles - the Philadelphia Eagles - on offense? A defense that holds the opposition to zero offensive touchdowns in consecutive weeks is nothing unusual around here. Whether it's been Hugh Douglas or Seth Joyner or Reggie White or Bill Bergey or Chuck Bednarik, over the years, you could always count on the Bird's D to show off, even in losing seasons. But offense? We're more accustomed to 3 yards and a cloud of dust - not 59-yard bombs into the end zone.
January 18, 2002 |
For Jeremiah Trotter, it will be like stepping through his TV screen and into an old NFL Films highlight show. The Eagles will play the Chicago Bears tomorrow afternoon at Soldier Field, where Butkus and Singletary hunted running backs and snarled in the face masks of hapless quarterbacks. Where Trotter's breath will billow in clouds as he leans over and prepares for the snap of the ball. Where collisions are made all the more brutal by the frozen air and the rock-hard ground. "To me," the Eagles' middle linebacker said, "that's football weather.
November 22, 1999 |
The Eagles did at least two things right yesterday: 1.) They honored members of their 1948 and 1949 NFL championship teams, and 2.) They did it at halftime, thereby reducing the chance of frustrated and hostile fans rushing the field. The appearance of 22 members from those two teams produced the loudest ovation of the day and diffused temporarily the building angst - even from some of the honorees - over the 44-17 pounding the current edition of the team received from the newly respectable Indianapolis Colts.
August 6, 1999 |
When a presence like Chuck Bednarik speaks, you just listen. Yesterday, the Hall of Famer who spent 14 years with the Eagles playing linebacker and center visited an Eagles training camp for the first time since Dick Vermeil finished coaching in 1982. Concrete Charlie is a native of Bethlehem and now lives 10 minutes away from Lehigh University, where the Eagles have trained since 1996. But Bednarik had not felt welcome. He traveled the world, listening to polka music and playing his harmonica, seething at his perceived exclusion from the Eagles family.