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Bednarik Released From Hospital

"There's no reason why he shouldn't be back on his feet in a couple of days," his son-in-law, Ken Safarowic told the Philadelphia Daily News. "He left with a clean bill of health.

"It's been overwhelming," Safarowic added. "Everybody sends their best wishes. We've got to hang on to him for a while. There are not many guys from that era. Chuck has another game-saving tackle left in him."

The 85-year-old Bednarik was on hand for the Eagles' 50th anniversary celebration of the 1960 NFL Championship team back in September. A member of the Eagles Honor Roll and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bednarik played both center and linebacker during his illustrious 14-year career while earning a franchise-record eight Pro Bowl nominations.

The No. 1 overall draft pick of the Eagles out of Penn in 1949, Bednarik was a member of two NFL title teams. Bednarik played every minute of the 1960 NFL Championship which ended with "Concrete Charley" tackling Jim Taylor of the Packers and staying on him until the clock ran out.

Of course, Bednarik is also arguably best known for "The Hit" on running back Frank Gifford which knocked the Giants star unconscious in that same 1960 season. The moment was captured with an unforgettable photo of Bednarik standing over Gifford, who did not play another game that year or the following season.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:20 p.m., March 30

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