Tom Schoen
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Schoen from 1968 Dome
No. 33
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born:1945 or 1946
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died: (aged 77)
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Cleveland (OH) St. Joseph
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1968 / Round: 8 / Pick: 212
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Thomas Ralph Schoen (born 1945 or 1946 – January 31, 2023) was an American football defensive back who played one season with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Browns in the eighth round of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Consensus All-American in 1967.

Early years

Schoen played quarterback at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio and led the team to a 9–0–1 record his senior year, earning All-Ohio honors.[1][2]

College career

Schoen joined Notre Dame as a quarterback before being converted to safety his junior and senior seasons. He was a Consensus All-American in 1967.[1][3][4]

Professional career

Schoen was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round, with the 212th pick, of the 1968 NFL Draft.[5] He did not play until 1970 because of military service.[1]

While in the military as quarterback, Schoen led the 7th Infantry Division football team to an undefeated 8th Army championship.[6] He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 1969 as a private first class.[7] He also served in South Korea in 1969.

Coaching career

Schoen returned to St. Joseph High School to become assistant football coach in 1988. He was named head coach in 1995 and became the school's athletic director in 1998.[1][8]

Personal life

Schoen died on January 31, 2023.[9]


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  2. ^ "TOM SCHOEN". Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Tom Schoen". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "1968 NFL/AFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. ^ W.McDaniel All 8th Army teammate
  7. ^ Dole, Joe. "According to Doyle", The South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Indiana, volume XCVI, number 301, January 6, 1969, page 16. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Podolski, Mark (November 4, 2011). "Former VASJ coach Tom Schoen knows 1 vs. 2 in college football". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Thomas Schoen". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 23, 2023.