Bernie Lemonick was regarded as one of the best lineman in the nation during his brilliant career for the Quakers from 1948-50.  In fact, he was named to several All-America teams after his senior season and played in the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl and for the NFL’s College All-Star team against the Cleveland Browns.

           

In an era when newspaper wire services chose national players of the week, he was selected once in 1949 (vs. Dartmouth) and once in 1950 (vs. Wisconsin) as the national lineman of the week.  In 1985 he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

           

A native of Philadelphia, Lemonick returned to Pennsylvania as an assistant football coach for five seasons, and was the defensive line coach for the school’s first Ivy League championship team in 1959.

           

He recently received the 1996 University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to the school and was inducted into the state of Pennsylvania’s 1995 Sports Hall of Fame City all-star chapter.

           

Presently Lemonick is the head of the Mungermen (varsity football letterwinners under George Munger from 1938 to 1953) and serves as Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania/Cornell University Trustees Cup annual awards dinner.  The dinner recognizes each year’s winning football team and celebrates the 102 year-old football tradition between the two schools.