Dennis Zmudzin

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  • December 15, 2023
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There aren’t a lot of people who can boast of having played in three major bowl games, but Dennis Zmudzin can. The former Lourdes Standout played against LSU in the ’74 Orange Bowl, against Baylor in the ’75 Cotton Bowl, and against Alabama in the ‘75(’76) Sugar Bowl. (At that time the Sugar Bowl was played December 31.)

Dennis is probably Lourdes High’s Outstanding All-Time Athlete. Though he is mostly known for his football reputation, Dennis was a tough rebounder, who was voted the outstanding player in the Central Pennsylvania Catholic Basketball League in 1971.

His career as a player at Penn State, during which the Lions were 33 and 6, was capped by selections to the All East and All State Defensive Teams. He was a tough defensive end who provided excellent pass rush for the Nittany Lions. Following Graduation, he took a brief shot at the NFL with the Baltimore Colts before returning home. He’s employed by B&L Dodge-Chrysley, Shamokin, PA.

Categories: 1982 Hall of Fame