Joe Bonasera '73

Joe Bonasera '73

One of the greatest tailbacks in Bowdoin football history, Joe Bonasera graduated holding nearly every rushing record in school history despite battling through seemingly ever-present injuries. In his time as a Polar Bear, Bonasera rushed for more yards (1,545) and scored more touchdowns (17) than any of his predecessors while averaging nearly five yards per carry over the course of his career. As a sophomore in 1970, he burst onto the scene with a school-record 145 carries, 676 yards and nine touchdowns en route to being named ECAC Sophomore of the Year and leading Bowdoin to a 6-1 campaign. He garnered multiple ECAC Player of the Week awards in his career and was awarded the William J. Reardon Memorial Football Trophy as a senior. After graduation, Bonasera signed a free-agent contract with the New England Patriots, but was a victim of the final round of cuts in the fall of 1973.