HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is ending more than three decades of service on Pennsylvania's State Athletic Commission, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Wednesday.
Bednarik retired this month from the commission that oversees professional boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts in Pennsylvania, the administration said.
He had served on it since 1981, following a prior stint from 1969 to 1971.
The 88-year-old football legend from Bethlehem played linebacker and center for the Eagles long after the heyday of two-way players. In 1949, he was the first pick in the draft, selected by the Eagles, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in his honor.
His game-saving tackle helped the Eagles capture the 1960 NFL championship, the last title won by the franchise. Clinging to a 17-10 lead late in the game, Bednarik saved the win with a monumental hit on the New York Giants' Frank Gifford.
Gifford caught a pass over the middle and raced toward the sideline when Bednarik leveled Gifford, knocking him unconscious and jarring the ball loose. Linebacker Chuck Webber recovered the fumble, clinching the win.