Eagles Great Steve Van Buren Dies At Age Of 91BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, August 24th, 2012
One of the greatest Eagles of all-time, Hall-of-Fame running back Steve Van Buren, passed away yesterday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the age of 91. He was the leading rusher in the NFL four times during his career and he led the Eagles to two NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949.
“On the field and off, as a player, a leader and a man, Steve Van Buren embodied the finest characteristics of our city and our sport,” said Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “He was a friend and an inspiration to generations of fans, and the model of what an Eagle should be.”
His nickname was “Wham-Bam” for his quick and physical running style. He had no problem running into and over tacklers. Van Buren had 5,860 rushing yards with 77 touchdowns. He was selected to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994, and was the first Eagles player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He is survived by three daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
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