John Benjamin Schneller (November 1, 1911 – November 6, 1978) was a National Football League (NFL) player for the Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions from 1933 to 1936, playing end on offense and defense.Early life
Schneller was born on November 1, 1911, in Neenah, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin on a basketball scholarship, but upon arriving on campus was recruited to play football. He then played as a fullback and end, earning All-American Honorable Mention in his junior year.Football career
Schneller joined the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans in 1933, their last season in the fledgling NFL. The team was then purchased and moved to Detroit, where he played from 1934 to 1936. In 1935, the Detroit Lions won their first NFL championship, beating the New York Giants 26-7. After World War II, Schneller scouted for various NFL teams.Higher education and military service
Schneller graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in electr
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