Hall of Fame Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik remained in serious condition at a Bethlehem-area hospital two days after experiencing shortness of breath, according to a St. Luke’s Hospital spokesperson.
The 85-year-old Bednarik, though, was improving and was “sitting up in bed and talking” as of Thursday, his son-in-law Ken Safarowic said.
“They’re still running tests on him,” said Safarowic, who is acting as a spokesman for the Bednarik family. “It’s not a heart attack. His heart is as strong as when he was playing. But I think he’ll be in the hospital for a couple more days.”
Nicknamed “Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik was one of the last true 60-minute men, having played center and linebacker for much of his 14 years in the NFL. He played for the Eagles from 1949-62 and was an All-Pro ten times. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and is one of seven players to have his number retired by the Eagles.