Chuck Bednarik in hospital

Updated: March 24, 2011, 2:14 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is in serious condition in a hospital near his Pennsylvania home.

According to reports, he was admitted after experiencing shortness of breath.

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Hunter Martin/Getty ImagesChuck Bednarik, seen here at halftime of the Eagles' 2010 opener, is reportedly "as feisty as ever" despite being hospitalized.

A nursing supervisor at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem would not provide additional information on the condition of the 85-year-old former star.

Bednarik's son-in-law, however, told the Philadelphia Daily News that his father-in-law is as "feisty as ever" and talking with family members. Ken Safarowic tried to quell rumors that Bednarik had a heart attack and told the newspaper: "Really, he was just tired."

Nicknamed "Concrete Charlie," Bednarik played linebacker and center for the Eagles long after the heyday of two-way players. His game-saving tackle helped the Eagles capture the 1960 NFL championship, the last title won by the franchise. He played 58 minutes in that game.

The eight-time Pro Bowler missed just three games in 14 seasons. His No. 60 is one of seven retired numbers in Eagles history. In 1969, he was named the NFL's all-time center.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. The college football award for the nation's top defensive player is named for him.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.