Chuck Bednarik hospitalized but 'feisty as ever'

Chuck Bednarik, one of the most colorful figures to ever play professional football, has been hospitalized in Pennsylvania.

The Hall of Fame performer for the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the last two-way players in the NFL, was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital on Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. He’s receiving a series of tests, per the report, after he experienced a shortness of breath and a drop in blood pressure.

He’s as “feisty as ever” Ken Safarowic, his son-in-law, told the newspaper.

Bednarik, 85, did not suffer a heart attack. Rumors swirled that he was on life support. He is expected to remain under hospital care for another day or so.

“He's going to cold-cock someone if they don't let him out soon,” Safarowic said “He was angry that he could not go to Mass today. Lying around at this stage of the game does not agree with him."

Bednarik starred on the Eagles’ 1949 and 1960 championship teams. Concrete Charlie, as he was called, is a frequent critic of modern players.

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