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Lemonick, Bernie

Bernard E. Lemonick

Lemonick was an All-America football player at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s.

Birth and Death Dates:

Career Highlights:
An outstanding guard at Pennsylvania, Lemonick was considered one of the nation's best lineman during his career. In 1949, Bernie was named AP All-Ivy League second team. In 1950, he was Helms Athletic Foundation All-America defensive team, UP All-America second team, and Grantland Rice All-America honorable mention. Lemonick played in the 1951 East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl, and on the College All-Star team against the Cleveland Browns. During his senior season, Bernie was also a two-time selection as National Lineman of the Week.

After graduating with honors in 1951 (he was the 1951 class president as well), Lemonick became a line coach at St. Joseph's Prep and then returned to Penn in 1955 as an assistant football coach. In 1959, his last season as a coach at Penn, Bernie was the defensive line coach for the school's first Ivy League Championship team.

In 1985, he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Lemonick recently received the 1996 University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit and was inducted into the state of Pennsylvania's 1995 Sports Hall of Fame City All-Star chapter. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Penn Athletic Hall of Fame.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Career Dates:
Lemonick played guard at the University of Pennsylvania from 1948-1950.

Physical description:
6'1", 209 pounds

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