“Concrete Charlie” might be cast in bronze one day. Civic leaders, NFL figures and fans have been pushing for a statue of Chuck Bednarik to be erected at Franklin Field, where he played with both the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Saturday, raising money for the project, which would be the centerpiece of a sports museum honoring Penn and the Eagles, has been a problem.
“From what I gathered in talking to Steve (Bilsky, Penn’s athletic director), we gave a monetary figure (to be raised) to the people who came to us with the idea of doing the Bednarik statue,” Mike Mahoney, the school’s director of athletic communications, told the newspaper. “The sense I get is we’re nowhere near that number at this point.” Bednarik played center and linebacker for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962 and is considered one of the NFL’s “last 60-minute men.” He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, and the Eagles retired his jersey No. 60.
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