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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 14, 2016 04:49 PM
From: Representative Justin J. Simmons
To: All House members
Subject: Condolence Resolution Honoring Charles "Chuck" Philip Bednarik
This Thursday, I will be introducing a condolence resolution honoring the life of Charles “Chuck” Philip Bednarik, Hall of Fame center and linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, and expressing condolences upon his passing.

Charles P. Bednarik was born May 1, 1925, in Bethlehem, PA. After playing high school football, Mr. Bednarik joined the United States Army Air Corps and flew 30 bombing missions over Europe in World War II as a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. Mr. Bednarik earned an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and five battle stars for his courageous military service. Mr. Bednarik played college football at the University of PA and was a two-time All-American. He earned the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player. Mr. Bednarik went on to be the first pick selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1948 National Football League (NFL) and was one of the last players to commonly play on both offense and defense.

Mr. Bednarik played 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and won two championships, played eight Pro Bowls and only missed three games. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. The College football defensive player of the year award is also named after Mr. Bednarik. The Philadelphia Eagles honored Mr. Bednarik by retiring his jersey number.

After his football career, Mr. Bednarik served as a chairman of the PA State Athletic Commission and was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Coopersburg, PA.

Please join me in honoring the life of Charles “Chuck” P. Bednarik and expressing condolences upon his life passing to his family.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Nissly at (717) 783-1673 or lnissly@pahousegop.com.

Introduced as HR740