He is one of the greatest players in the history of football, and certainly one of the best athletes to ever come out of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
So, why not have two ceremonies to honor Chuck Bednarik?
That's what is going to happen Friday at Liberty High School during a 12:30 p.m. ceremony inside Memorial Gym and again at night at about 6:30 prior to the Lehigh Valley Conference game between the Hurricanes and Central Catholic at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
A plaque will be dedicated during the afternoon ceremony. The stadium ceremony, which will be very brief according to Liberty athletic director Fred Harris, will dedicate a new seven-foot tall statue of Bednarik that will be displayed in the southeast corner of the stadium.
I was told that the Bednarik statue is a replica of the one that was dedicated a few years ago at Franklin Field in Philadelphia where Bednarik played as both a Penn Quaker and a Philadelphia Eagle.
The ceremonies are being held in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's "Hometown Hall of Famer" program.
According to the Hall of Fame's website, this is the Hall of Fame's first nationwide plaque program and will lead into the Hall's upcoming 50th anniversary in 2013.
Bednarik, now 88 and living in Coopersburg, is expected to attend both ceremonies.
There is no admission charge to the afternoon ceremony.
PUNKIN MILLER TOURNEY
With summer-styled weather having returned this week, it could be the perfect time to get out to a golf course.
The MetLife Orioles of the Blue Mountain League are offering an opportunity on Saturday with their first Ron "Punkin" Miller Memorial Tournament at Willowbrook.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Orioles and go toward a $500 donation that will be presented to the Whitehall High Baseball Booster Club. The booster club sponsors a team trip to Myrtle Beach every year.
Openings are still available for the scramble format. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the shotgun start slated for 9:30.
For more info, call Mark Washburn at 610-657-7767.
SAVERI SAVORS HONOR
The Blue Mountain League held its annual awards banquet last week at the Meadows in Hellertown and there was a special moment when Martins Creek pitcher C.J. Saveri received the O.R. Pacchioli Award as the league's MVP from "Patch" himself.
Pacchioli has been involved with the BML since its inception in 1946, all in Martins Creek, and there have been few seasons in the amateur league's 68-year history that were more impressive than what Saveri accomplished this summer.
He was 10-0 in the regular season with 88 strikeouts in 69 innings, a 1.62 ERA, two shutouts and seven complete games.
He won five more games in the playoffs, including all three in the BML finals against Easton when the Creekers claimed their seventh crown in five dramatic games.