Chuck Bednarik’s gentle rejection of 9-year-old by postcard resonates, 60 years later | Charlotte Observer

Chuck Bednarik’s gentle rejection of 9-year-old by postcard resonates, 60 years later | Charlotte Observer

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Raymond Jones finally met chuck Bednarik’s gentle rejection of 9-year-old by postcard resonates, 60 years later | Charlotte Observer 1982, more than two decades after the two struck up an occasional correspondence when Jones was a child living in Pennsylvania. It was one of the gentlest turn-downs you will ever read.

In 1957, a future Charlottean named Raymond Jones was 9 years old. He lived in Pennsylvania, where the Philadelphia Eagles ruled and Chuck Bednarik was their unofficial king. Bednarik was a future Pro Football Hall of Famer and commonly referred to as the last of the 60-minute men. For the Eagles, Bednarik had what would be an almost unthinkable task in today’s NFL. He played both middle linebacker and center, which would be like Luke Kuechly not only playing defense for Carolina but also snapping the ball to Cam Newton on every offensive play.

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Raymond had heard somewhere that if you invited Bednarik to dinner he might actually show up. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. Most sports fans have a hero at some point in their lives, often as children. Mine was Roger Staubach, because I lived in Texas until I was 9 years old, during some of the Dallas Cowboys’ glory years.

Young kids these days in the Carolinas might love Kuechly or Newton, Thomas Davis or Kemba Walker, Steph Curry or Dale Earnhardt Jr. Everyone in the neighborhood loved Bednarik. It was as automatic as loving a Philly cheesesteak. You weren’t able to go online and buy a jersey of your favorite sports star in 10 seconds back then. Suddenly, Raymond had a homemade Bednarik jersey. No one else had a mother who was a home economics teacher and could sew.

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There were fewer layers between sports stars and their fans back then. You could write a team or a player, sending along a trading card and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and be pretty certain that envelope would one day make its way back to you with the card autographed and intact. Bednarik frequently answered his own mail. Raymond also sent Bednarik a football card occasionally — Bednarik would send it back after signing it.

Bednarik, who also served as a gunner for the U. Like most athletes back then, Bednarik had a second job in the offseason, selling concrete, to supplement his income. Although off the field he enjoyed playing the accordion and harmonica, on it he was a player so tough he had to have two nicknames. In 14 NFL seasons, he missed a total of three games.

During the season, Raymond watched Bednarik on a black-and-white television when he could. Even though he lived only 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia, not every Eagles game was televised. While the Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time last month over New England, that wasn’t their first NFL championship. Bednarik played 58 of the game’s 60 minutes as his Philadelphia team edged Green Bay 17-13. Bednarik threw Green Bay running back Jim Taylor to the ground just inside Philadelphia’s 10 on the final play to seal the game.

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Now 68 years old, Raymond Jones grew into adulthood without every meeting his boyhood hero, although he already had all the Christmas cards and a number of football cards Bednarik had signed for him by then. Jones would eventually relocate to the Charlotte area in 1991. Bednarik passed away in 2015 at the age of 89. At that time, two of his daughters told a Pennsylvania newspaper that Bednarik had dementia, which they believed was at least in part because of football-related head injuries he had sustained.

But Jones did spend several hours with Bednarik once, in 1982. As part of a job he had in Pennsylvania at the time, he secured Bednarik as the featured speaker for a group of standout newspaper carriers and their parents and employers. Since he was in charge of the luncheon, he also sat himself right next to Bednarik. I was 34 at the time, and this was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me. Bednarik nearly gave Jones a heart attack during his speech when he described the tackle against Gifford. An iconic NFL photo shows Bednarik celebrating with Gifford laying prone on the ground.

During a quieter moment that day, Jones told Bednarik about the postcard and the Christmas cards and all the correspondence Bednarik had sent him when he played. Did he specifically remember any of the cards or memorabilia that he had provided to me when I was a kid? I think any memories of me had probably long faded, due to the fact that he had responded in similar fashion to so many other fans, over such an extraordinary period of time. None of this is to say that today’s pro athletes don’t do anything for kids. Jones saw it himself countless times, as athletes visited Charlotte-area hospitals to cheer up youngsters.

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More than a half-dozen pro athletes’ charity foundations in Charlotte do consistently great work. But as pro sports have grown, and the money surrounding them has grown, there aren’t a lot of players who send handwritten postcards to individual kids anymore. Chuck Bednarik, though, somehow made time. Sixty years later, Raymond Jones has never forgotten. Bednarik never did come to dinner — but the impression the hall of famer made with a few scribbled lines has lasted a lifetime. Here’s what Saundra Adams has to say about the chance of Rae Carruth raising Chancellor Adams.

Should Steve Clifford return as Charlotte Hornets coach next season? Raymond Jones finally met in 1982, more than two decades after the two struck up an occasional correspondence when Jones was a child living in Pennsylvania. It was one of the gentlest turn-downs you will ever read. In 1957, a future Charlottean named Raymond Jones was 9 years old. He lived in Pennsylvania, where the Philadelphia Eagles ruled and Chuck Bednarik was their unofficial king.

Bednarik was a future Pro Football Hall of Famer and commonly referred to as the last of the 60-minute men. For the Eagles, Bednarik had what would be an almost unthinkable task in today’s NFL. He played both middle linebacker and center, which would be like Luke Kuechly not only playing defense for Carolina but also snapping the ball to Cam Newton on every offensive play. Raymond had heard somewhere that if you invited Bednarik to dinner he might actually show up.

Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. Most sports fans have a hero at some point in their lives, often as children. Mine was Roger Staubach, because I lived in Texas until I was 9 years old, during some of the Dallas Cowboys’ glory years. Young kids these days in the Carolinas might love Kuechly or Newton, Thomas Davis or Kemba Walker, Steph Curry or Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Everyone in the neighborhood loved Bednarik. It was as automatic as loving a Philly cheesesteak. You weren’t able to go online and buy a jersey of your favorite sports star in 10 seconds back then. Suddenly, Raymond had a homemade Bednarik jersey.

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No one else had a mother who was a home economics teacher and could sew. There were fewer layers between sports stars and their fans back then. You could write a team or a player, sending along a trading card and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and be pretty certain that envelope would one day make its way back to you with the card autographed and intact. Bednarik frequently answered his own mail. Raymond also sent Bednarik a football card occasionally — Bednarik would send it back after signing it. Bednarik, who also served as a gunner for the U.

Chuck Bednarik’s gentle rejection of 9-year-old by postcard resonates, 60 years later | Charlotte Observer

Like most athletes back then, Bednarik had a second job in the offseason, selling concrete, to supplement his income. Although off the field he enjoyed playing the accordion and harmonica, on it he was a player so tough he had to have two nicknames. In 14 NFL seasons, he missed a total of three games. During the season, Raymond watched Bednarik on a black-and-white television when he could. Even though he lived only 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia, not every Eagles game was televised. While the Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time last month over New England, that wasn’t their first NFL championship.

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Bednarik played 58 of the game’s 60 minutes as his Philadelphia team edged Green Bay 17-13. Bednarik threw Green Bay running back Jim Taylor to the ground just inside Philadelphia’s 10 on the final play to seal the game. Now 68 years old, Raymond Jones grew into adulthood without every meeting his boyhood hero, although he already had all the Christmas cards and a number of football cards Bednarik had signed for him by then. Jones would eventually relocate to the Charlotte area in 1991. Bednarik passed away in 2015 at the age of 89.

At that time, two of his daughters told a Pennsylvania newspaper that Bednarik had dementia, which they believed was at least in part because of football-related head injuries he had sustained. But Jones did spend several hours with Bednarik once, in 1982. As part of a job he had in Pennsylvania at the time, he secured Bednarik as the featured speaker for a group of standout newspaper carriers and their parents and employers. Since he was in charge of the luncheon, he also sat himself right next to Bednarik.

I was 34 at the time, and this was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me. Bednarik nearly gave Jones a heart attack during his speech when he described the tackle against Gifford. An iconic NFL photo shows Bednarik celebrating with Gifford laying prone on the ground. During a quieter moment that day, Jones told Bednarik about the postcard and the Christmas cards and all the correspondence Bednarik had sent him when he played. Did he specifically remember any of the cards or memorabilia that he had provided to me when I was a kid?

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I think any memories of me had probably long faded, due to the fact that he had responded in similar fashion to so many other fans, over such an extraordinary period of time. None of this is to say that today’s pro athletes don’t do anything for kids. Jones saw it himself countless times, as athletes visited Charlotte-area hospitals to cheer up youngsters. More than a half-dozen pro athletes’ charity foundations in Charlotte do consistently great work.

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But as pro sports have grown, and the money surrounding them has grown, there aren’t a lot of players who send handwritten postcards to individual kids anymore. Chuck Bednarik, though, somehow made time. Sixty years later, Raymond Jones has never forgotten. Bednarik never did come to dinner — but the impression the hall of famer made with a few scribbled lines has lasted a lifetime. Here’s what Saundra Adams has to say about the chance of Rae Carruth raising Chancellor Adams. Should Steve Clifford return as Charlotte Hornets coach next season?

Raymond Jones finally met in 1982, more than two decades after the two struck up an occasional correspondence when Jones was a child living in Pennsylvania. It was one of the gentlest turn-downs you will ever read. In 1957, a future Charlottean named Raymond Jones was 9 years old. He lived in Pennsylvania, where the Philadelphia Eagles ruled and Chuck Bednarik was their unofficial king.

Bednarik was a future Pro Football Hall of Famer and commonly referred to as the last of the 60-minute men. For the Eagles, Bednarik had what would be an almost unthinkable task in today’s NFL. He played both middle linebacker and center, which would be like Luke Kuechly not only playing defense for Carolina but also snapping the ball to Cam Newton on every offensive play. Raymond had heard somewhere that if you invited Bednarik to dinner he might actually show up. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce.

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If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. Most sports fans have a hero at some point in their lives, often as children. Mine was Roger Staubach, because I lived in Texas until I was 9 years old, during some of the Dallas Cowboys’ glory years. Young kids these days in the Carolinas might love Kuechly or Newton, Thomas Davis or Kemba Walker, Steph Curry or Dale Earnhardt Jr.