Hall of Fame Eagles RB Van Buren dies

Posted Aug. 23, 2012 @ 11:20 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Former Eagles Hall of Fame RB Steve Van Buren died at the age of 91, the team announced Thursday evening. 

A first-round pick out of LSU, Van Buren began his career with the Eagles in 1944 and helped lead the team to back-to-back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949.

Van Buren, nicknamed “Wham-Bam,” won the rushing title four times and finished his career with 5,860 rushing yards, 77 touchdowns and five All-Pro selections. He was the first Eagles player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"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."