Athletics Hall of Fame
Rich Schwartz

Rich Schwartz

SPORT(S) Football
PLAYED AT BSU 1981-85
YEAR INDUCTED 2019

A four-year letter winner for the Bemidji State Football team from 1981-85, Schwartz was a three-time All-NIC selection (1983, 1984 and 1985) and was a Second Team NAIA All-America pick in 1985. The 1984 and 1985 team captain finished his career with 293 tackles, 32 passes defended, eight fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 20 interceptions. One of the best defensive backs in small college football during his era, he was second in the nation with seven interceptions in 1983 and led the nation with eight interceptions in 1984. He remains BSU’s all-time interceptions leader, is first in career interception return yards (209), is atop BSU’s career passes defensed list (52), ranks ninth all-time in tackles and eighth in solo tackles (134). In addition, he sits fifth in single-season interception return yards (106). He was selected as BSU’s Defensive MVP in 1984 and the team MVP following the 1985 season. Schwartz was a five-time NIC Player of the Week selection and earned NAIA National Player of the Week laurels once during his career.

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