Steve Van Buren, a Hall of Fame running back who led the Philadelphia Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949, died of pneumonia Thursday in Lancaster, Pa., the Eagles said. He was 91.
The former Louisiana State star, nicknamed "Wham-Bam" for his quick and punishing running style, joined the Eagles in 1944 as a first-round draft pick. He led the NFL in rushing four times and finished his eight-year career with 5,860 yards rushing and 77 touchdowns.
The five-time All-Pro player was selected for the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team in 1994 and was the first Eagles player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 1965.