"For what my generation did and went through and so forth, and what these glamor boys earn for what little they play, it's a joke," Bednarik told reporters. "Is it football? Are you guys football players? Is that what they call football? It's not iron-man football, where you stay on the field for 60 minutes. We were iron men. Not a bunch of pussyfoots."
After being honored as part of the Eagles' 75th anniversary team in 2007 at Lincoln Financial Field, Bednarik — at the age of 81, said, "When I'm on that field, I feel like they ought to put me in and let me play."