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.”