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Former Steelers center Chuck Cherundolo, pictured in 1942, died Dec. 22 in Florida at age 96. AP Photo/File

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Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 12:52 p.m.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Former Steelers center and coach Chuck Cherundolo died in Florida at age 96.

Cherundolo died of heart failure Dec. 22 in Lakeland, his daughter said Saturday.

Cherundolo played for the Steelers in the 1940s, taking a break to serve in the Navy during World War II. In 2007, the Steelers named him to their legends team, representing the franchise's best players through 1970. He also served as an assistant coach with the team from 1949-61.

Cherundolo played football at Penn State before beginning his pro career with the Cleveland Rams. He played for the Eagles for one season before joining the Steelers.

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