Steve Van Buren, who many say is the greatest Eagles’ running back of all time, died Thursday night at the age of 91. The running back, from Honduras, was a five time All-Pro who was named to the NFL 75th anniversary team in 1994. He finished with 5,860 yards rushing, which is 2nd all time in Eagles history. Steve was a part of the Eagles teams that won back to back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949 . In 1948 NFL Championship, in a snow storm that almost caused him to miss the game, he scored the only touchdown against the Chicago Cardinals. The following year, he ran for 196 yards in a 14-0 win over the Los Angeles Ram. Steve was the first Philadelphia Eagle inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
Obviously never saw Van Buren play, but when guys Ray Didinger say he’s the best ever, I tend to believe them. Hopefully, in a few years, a certain running back named Shady can take the mantle from the great Van Buren.
RIP Steve Van Buren