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Chuck Bednarik out of the hospital

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is back at home after a week in the 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.”

The 85-year-old Bednarik was experiencing shortness of breath last week but has steadily improved.

“He was a little anemic and dehydrated,” Safarowic said. “I don’t think it was any one significant issue. A bunch of things just ganged up on him at the same time. The heart and organs weren’t affected. He’s in a good shape otherwise.”

Bednarik entered the Air Force and fought in World War II after high school, then went to Penn, where he was a three-time All-American, and was drafted by the Eagles, where he was a 10-time All-Pro. Beloved in the football world, Bednarik has been the subject of a great deal of attention since he fell ill last week.

“It’s been overwhelming,” Safarowic said. “Everybody sends their best wishes. We’ve got to hang on to him for a while. There are not many guys from that era.”

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5 Responses to “Chuck Bednarik out of the hospital”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Mar 31, 2011 6:27 AM

    You know what I’d do if I were Chuck Bednarik?

    1) Be mighty grateful that hey, I’m Chuck Bednarik
    2) Tackle my wife
    3) Smoke a cigar
    4) Go visit Dr Z, just to blow his mind
    5) Give Michael LaRocca lots of money

    Okay, maybe the last one is a crock. But the others work, don’t you think?

  2. 1historian says: Mar 31, 2011 6:42 AM

    This guy defined the word ‘tough’ and he still does.

  3. phillyforlife says: Mar 31, 2011 9:02 AM

    Chuck’s popularity just proves that in Philly if ya give it your all , play hard , and leave it all on the field you’ll never have to pay for a meal again in this city.
    Something T.O and others never understood if had just kept his mouth shut and played he would have been immortal around here but he was just too dumb and greedy now look where he is a Joke with no fans and will be forgotten in a few years.

  4. hobartbaker says: Mar 31, 2011 12:43 PM

    Other than some momentary whisps of delusion when Chuck beleives he is a god and tries to levitate crowds or part the ocean, his health is excellant.

  5. Slackmo says: Mar 31, 2011 1:30 PM

    He celebrated by smoking two stogies at once.

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