Brian Baschnagel
No. 47, 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1954-01-08) January 8, 1954 (age 70)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:North Allegheny
College:Ohio State
NFL draft:1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XX)
  • West Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2013)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,024
Player stats at · PFR

Brian Dale Baschnagel (born January 8, 1954) is a former American football player. He played wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears.

Early life

Brian Baschnagel's family relocated often due to his father's professional responsibilities and moved to the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was in his early teens. Baschnagel attended North Allegheny High School (Pittsburgh PA) and was a running back on the North Allegheny football team. Baschnagel was the first running back in WPIAL history to rush for over 400 yards in a single game.

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baschnagel rushed for 409 yards in a 1971 game against Sto Rox. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Baschnagel then set a WPIAL rushing record that would stand for 17 years when he ran for 432 yards in a 1972 game.


Baschnagel attended Ohio State University after graduating from North Allegheny High School. Initially, Baschnagel was a running back but then was converted to a receiver (wing back). In addition to his position as a starting player on the Ohio State football team, Baschnagel was a two-time Academic All-American (1974, 1975) and a recipient of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame scholarship award (1975).


Baschnagel was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft. He wore jersey #47 in his rookie year, which he began as a defensive back, and #84 the remainder of his career with the Bears after moving back to receiver.[1] Contrary to popular belief, Baschnagel was not on the active roster in 1985 when the Bears went 18–1 en route to a Super Bowl victory.[2] He injured his knee in training camp and spent the entire 1985 season on IR. However, he did travel with the team that year, assisted the coaches from the coaching booth, and helped in practice after he recovered from his injury. He received a Super Bowl ring after the Bears' dominant Super Bowl XX win.[3]

Personal life

Baschnagel is married, the father of three children, and currently works for North American Corp. in Glenview IL. In 2013, it was announced that Baschnagel would be inducted into the West Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ Gallas, Bob (September 13, 1977). "Bears cut 2, 2 more to go today". Daily Herald. Retrieved June 9, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Bears Trounce Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl". Los Angeles Times. 1986-01-27. Retrieved 2023-10-31.
  3. ^ Bendel, Joe (October 28, 2016). "Legacy Series: Brian Baschnagel achieved highest level of success in football". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 8, 2013). "Maynard to be inducted into MAC Hall of Fame". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.