Eagles HOFer Van Buren Dies, Was 1 of NFL’s 100 Greatest

Philadelphia Eagles, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Top 100, Uncategorized

Our condolences to the friends and family of Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren, who died yesterday in Lancaster, PA, of pneumonia.  Van Buren was 91.

Known by many nicknames — Wham-Bam, Moving Van, The Honduran Hurricane, Supersonic Steve, to name a few — Van Buren helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back NFL Titles in 1948 and ’49.  He belongs to the lineage of the NFL’s all-time rushing leaders, having held the career mark for rushing yards that was eventually broken by Jim Brown.  Van Buren’s 205 rushing yards in a game against Pittsburgh in 1949 still stands as Philadelphia’s franchise single game rushing record.

Here’s a look back at the player many still call The Greatest Eagle, as presented in The Top 100 Greatest Players.  R.I.P, Wham-Bam.

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