More Info on Chuck Bednarik
Nov. 20, 1960 - Trailing the Eagles 17-10, the New York Giants were trying to mount a late comeback at Yankee Stadium. Halfback Frank Gifford reached back to catch Charlie Conerley's pass, and he turned upfield in routine fashion.
That's when Chuck Bednarik came along and changed both their lives. "Chuck knocked him right out of his shoes," Eagles defensive back Tom Brookshier said.
Bednarik's crushing blow to Gifford's chest left the running back on his back, out cold with a severe concussion - and out of football the rest of that season and all the next year as well. As Eagles linebacker Chuck Weber recovered the fumble that seemed almost an afterthought to the ferocity of the hit, Bednarik stood over Gifford, pumping his right arm, doing a dance and yelling. "This ------ game is over."
"I was celebrating," Bednarik said, "but the reason wasn't that he was down. The reason was that the hit won the game."
"It was perfectly legal," Gifford said later. "If I'd had the chance, I'd have done the same thing Chuck did."
Decades later, the two Hall of Famers were attending a banquet, and Bednarik greeted Gifford. "Hey, Frank," Bednarik said, "good to see you. How are you doing?"
Gifford replied, "I made you famous, didn't I, Chuck?"
"Yes, you did, Frank," Bednarik said.
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