Chuck Cherundolo etched his name into the record books at Penn State in the 1930s, and then in the 40s – sandwiched around serving his country in World War II. And he became one of the many legendary players that have worn the uniform of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cherundolo died Saturday in Florida, where he resided. He was 96.
The Steelers named him to their Legends Team that was announced as part of the club's 75th season celebration.
Cherundolo grew up in Old Forge and went on to Penn State, where he starred at center and linebacker. As a Nittany Lion, Cherundolo earned Honorable Mention All-American status and was the team captain for PSU in 1936 – all at the age of 19.
He was drafted by the Cleveland Rams and played three years (1937-1939) for the club before moving on to the Philadelphia Eagles for one season (1940), and finally to Pittsburgh for six years (1941-42, and 1945-48). Cherundolo played 10 seasons in the NFL with three clubs, logging 106 games.
Born Aug. 8, 1916, he was named the Steelers MVP in 1947 for a team that at 8-4 was the most successful Steelers team prior to the 1970s. He was the Steelers captain that season and went on to be selected as an All-Pro. He is considered the first great Steelers center, and was considered the second best center in the NFL in his day. As a linebacker for the Steelers, he intercepted four passes in his last five seasons.
After retiring from playing, he went onto a successful coaching career as an assistant with the Steelers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.