Friday, August 24, 2012

Eagles great Van Buren dead at 91


Steve Van Buren, one of the greatest Eagles in franchise history, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the fearless running back on the Birds' 1948 and 1949 NFL championship teams, died Thursday evening at the age of 91,Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Van Buren died of pneumonia in Lancaster, Pa., according to the Eagles.

"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," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "He was a friend and an inspiration to generations of fans, and the model of what an Eagle should be."

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