|Title:||HOF Class of '05|
Bruce Schwager is a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he was a four-year letter winner for the Mariners football team and a three-year letter winner and track & field and wrestling. Schwager was best noted for his abilities on the football field where he started three of his four seasons at fullback and both offensive and defensive lineman positions. In 1954, he was honored as the NCAA Lineman of the Week after the Mariners November 6 contest against Rochester University. At the conclusion of the 1954 season, he earned All-Long Island honors. Schwager also wrestled as a heavyweight for three years (two as a starter), in addition to throwing shot put for three years with the track & field team, while also excelling in numerous extracurricular activities.
After graduation, Schwager became the first player in Academy history to be drafted by a National Football League team, when selected by the Chicago Cardinals in 1955. He was under contract with the Cardinals from 1955-59, and later signed with the New York Times of the American Football League for the 1960 season. He also played for the Norfolk Tars while on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1956-58.