Roger Bernhardt ‘69
Roger played four years on the varsity basketball and football teams and ran track his senior year. As a member of the basketball team his freshman year, his team won the league title during Coach Blackwell’s last season as head coach. He was named to all-league teams for basketball and football.
After he graduated from high school, Roger moved on to Butler Community College in Kansas where he played two years of football. He started his college career at tight end but was moved to guard to help bolster the offensive line. After junior college he transferred to Kansas University and played football for two more seasons. After his senior season in 1973, Roger’s tremendous play earned him spots in the Blue-Grey Game and the Senior Bowl that are still considered the most prestigious college all-star games in the country.
After college, the Pittsburgh Steelers took Roger in the third round of the 1973 NFL draft. He became only the second player from the Wayne-Finger Lakes conference to be drafted in the NFL. He then moved on to play with the Jets in 1974 and the Chiefs in 1975. An unfortunate knee injury against the Denver Broncos in 1975 ended his NFL Career.
Roger lives in Lawrence, Kansas and is the father of four children. He is a car manager in nearby Kansas City.