John A. “Bull” Schweder

About This Inductee

John “Bull” Schweder graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1945, where he lettered 3 years in football, 2 years in baseball, and 1 year in basketball. John went on to earn 4 more varsity letters and graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance & Commerce in 1950. He was the recipient of the Marian Brown Grace Trophy as Bethlehem’s Outstanding Athlete in 1949 and AP College Lineman-of-the-Week and 1st Team All-American in 1949. He also made the International News Service 1st Team All-American in 1949, and Look Magazine’s 2nd Team All-American that year.He was named 1st Team All-Ivy League, 1st Team All-State PA, 1st Team All-East and won the Baker’s Club Award for Penn’s Most Valuable Player in 1949. John played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1949 and the College All-Stars football game in 1950. In 1950 he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, moving on to the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951 to 1955. “Bull” then became the football coach at Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1956, moving to Lafayette College from 1958 through 1961. He later coached the Pottstown Firebirds in 1969. John is currently a member of the NFL alumni. In addition to his induction into the NE PA Sports Hall of Fame, John has been inducted into the Lehigh Valley Football Hall of Fame National Football Foundation in 1986, and into Liberty High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.