Penn planning to honor Bednarik with statue


Thursday. June 9, 2011
Posted: 1:40 p.m.

Chuck Bednarik made his mark on Philadelphia football, and now the University of Pennsylvania is honoring all he did for the city.

Penn is looking to create a statue of Bednarik to be put in the concourse of the Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field. Before his legendary career with the Eagles, Bednarik was a star linebacker for four years at Penn.

The project has recently gained a sense of urgency because of Bednarik's hospitalization in late March.

The statue costs 100,000, and as of February, 50,000 had been raised. Penn's goal is to have all donations in by June 30. The project is privately funded, and donations of any size are appreciated.

Pledges of at least 500 will be recognized on a permanent plaque accompanying the statue and two tickets to the unveiling ceremony.

Other levels of support are as follows:

R. Tait McKenzie Member: 2,500
Donors at this level receive the above listed benefits and membership in the R. Tait McKenzie Society. This includes invitations to special events and Penn and listing as Penn Athletics donor.
Founder: 5,000
Donors at this level receive the above listed benefits and a 13 replica statue.
Charter Member: 7500
Donors at this level receive above listed benefits and a 17 replica statue.

If you would like to donate, checks can be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and sent to the Director of Development Services Dom Synder at Weightman Hall, 235 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104.

Any questions can be sent to Dom at

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