John “Bull” Schweder is one of only 67 Penn football players to have ever played professional football.  He spent six years in the National Football League – one year with the Baltimore Colts (1950) and five with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1951-55).

Getting to the NFL was easy with the credentials Schweder brought with him from Penn.  As a guard in his senior year, he was named First-Team All-America by the Associated Press and the International News Service.  He was also awarded the Most Valuable Player award for that year by the Bakers Club.


In 1949, Schweder played in the East-West Shrine Classic Game, making him one of only 24 Quakers in program history to do so.  He also played in the annual College All-Stars football game in Chicago, Ill.  That same year, he was also named First-Team All-East.


The following year, Schweder was a recipient of the Marian Brown Grace Trophy as Bethlehem’s (Pa.) Outstanding Athlete.


In 1969, he was honored by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a First-Team All-Time All-Penn football team member.  Schweder was also named to the All-Time University of Pennsylvania football team as a guard in 1985, and in 1986 he was inducted into the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Hall of Fame.  He was named to The Daily Pennsylvanian’s All-Century team as an offensive lineman in 1999.


In 1998, Schweder was inducted into the Pennsylvania State and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Sports Halls of Fame.