Chuck Bednarik Hit on Frank Gifford
Chuck Bednarik Hit on Frank Gifford
November 20, 1960

Chuck Bednarik Hit on Frank Gifford

"He was a tough guy. He was a hard-hitter." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Yankee Stadium in November 1960 was the scene of one of the NFL’s most infamous and devastating hits of all time. The Giants trailed the Eagles 17-10 in the fourth quarter of a showdown for first place in the Eastern Conference. Giants QB George Shaw threw a ball across the middle to Hall of Fame halfback Frank Gifford, who caught the ball and started running with it toward the right sideline. Lurking in Gifford’s path was Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, a feared 6-foot-3 linebacker known as Concrete Charlie. With his shoulder, Bednarik leveled Gifford, who fell immediately and violently to the frozen grass, knocked unconscious. The Eagles recovered Gifford’s fumble and won the game – and later, the NFL Championship. Gifford, meanwhile, was removed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a “deep brain concussion” and rested for several days. Gifford didn’t return to the field that season – or the next one.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the N.B.A.’s all-time leading scorer. The 7-foot-2 center for the Bucks and Lakers played 20 seasons, winning six M.V.P. awards and six N.B.A. championships. Growing up in New York City in the 1950s, Abdul-Jabbar – then known as Lew Alcindor – played sandlot football; his favorite player was Giants running back Mel Triplett.
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
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New York Giants