Ade Schwammel
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Schwammel as an All-American at Oregon State in 1933.
Personal information
Born:October 14, 1908
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died:November 18, 1979(1979-11-18) (aged 71)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College:Oregon State
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:46
Field goals made:6
Extra points made:8
Player stats at PFR

Adolphe John "Tar" Schwammel (October 14, 1908 – November 18, 1979)[1] was an American football tackle who played collegiately for the Oregon State College Beavers. He was named an All-American in 1933.

Entering the National Football League (NFL) in the years before it had a player draft, Schwammel would play for five seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He was named a first-team All-Pro in 1935.

Schwammel was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

High school career

Schwammel attended Fremont High School in Oakland, California and starred in football.

College career

Schwammel chose to enroll at Oregon State for his college education and to play football. He ettered in football from 1931 through 1933, earning first-team All-American and All-Pacific Coast Conference at tackle as a senior was chosen as an All-American at tackle for the 1933 season, for a team that had a 6-2-2 record that included a win over powerhouse Fordham University and a scoreless tie with the USC Trojans, ending USC's 26-game winning streak in a game played with exactly 11 players without any substitutions by Oregon State.[2] He was also chosen to play in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game.[3]

Schwammel was one of the key players in the now illegal "Pyramid Play" where the Beavers hoisted 6'7" Clyde Devine atop the shoulders of 6'2" Schwammel and 6'2" teammate Harry Shields in order to block a placekick. The play was first successfully used in a game against the University of Oregon, and a picture of the play published in the Saturday Evening Post brought the team — and the play — national attention, leading to the pyramid technique being banned by the NCAA's rules committee shortly thereafter.[4]

Schwammel was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity during his time at Oregon State.[3]

Professional career

Schwammel played in the NFL for five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, in two separate stints, from 1934 to 1936 and from 1943 to 1944. During his time with the Packers, they won two professional titles.[5]


Schwammel was named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981[6] and the Oregon State University Hall of Fame in 1990, both for his football prowess.[7] He died in Honolulu, Hawaii in November 1979.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Social Security Death Index Search Results". Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  2. ^ Welsch, Jeff. "Tales from Oregon State Sports", via Google Books. Accessed January 2, 2008. "They had been out there the entire game, playing both sides of the ball, without substitution."
  3. ^ a b "Ade Schwammel Collection, 1932-1934". Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  4. ^ "Football Play - The Pyramid, 1933". Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  5. ^ "Ade Schwammel". Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  6. ^ "Inductees: Football". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  7. ^ "Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame". Oregon State Sports Information. Archived from the original on 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2007-12-26.