Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Passing of Chuck Bednarik

March 21, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of legendary football player and former State Athletic Commission Chairman Chuck Bednarik:

“Frances and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Bednarik. In addition to his storied career in the National Football League as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck was truly a ‘hall-of-famer’ as a long-time member and the chairman of the State Athletic Commission. During his tenure, SAC dramatically changed many of its safety regulations to ensure competitive and safe match-ups in all sports, among many other accomplishments. We are grateful for Chuck’s service to the Commonwealth and our country in World War II. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.”

Bednarik served on the Commission from 1969 until 1971, and again from 1981 until 2013, and was appointed Chairman in 1996.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116

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