Bronislaw J. Stepczyk
Hometown: Chicopee, MA
Team: Football

Bronislaw J. Stepczyk '41
Hometown: Chicopee, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1983

Bronislaw J. Stepczyk '41, one of Brown's finest offensive fullbacks, played a key role in the success of Coach Tuss McLaughry's final three Brown teams. The native of Chicopee, Mass., captained the Williston Academy football team in 1936 and was both captain and MVP of the Cub team a year later. In 1940, "Bones" Stepczyk and Lou Duesing set a record by becoming the first co-captains in Brown's athletic history. Stepczyk moved right in as a regular on the explosive 1938 team, a team that upset Harvard, 20-13, in its opener and then closed with a thrilling 36-27 victory over Columbia and its All-American passer, Sid Luckman. In his senior season, "Step" helped lead the Bruins to a 6-3-1 record in a particularly demanding schedule. At one stretch, this fine Brown eleven defeated Yale, Holy Cross, and Army on successive weekends. When Coach Mclaughry picked his top players for the 1926-40 years, he rated Bones Stepczyk as one of his top three fullbacks. John McLaughry '40, who played in the same backfield with the Chicopee native in both 1938 and 1939, has vivid memories of his former teammate. "Bones was a very hard-hitting fullback," McLaughry says. "He ran low to the ground but had great balance and could cut quickly to either side to slip past would-be tacklers. He was a hard-nosed athlete and a great competitor." Bones Stepczyk was also a leader off the field. He was secretary of his senior class, secretary of the Brown Key, a member of the Vigilance Committee, and a senior Class Marshal. As an Air Force officer during World War II, Stepczyk spent the final three months in the China-Burma Theater, where he was occupied troops over the Hump. Bones Stepczyk died in the crash of his C-46 troop transport on July 14, 1945, leaving a wife and a one-year-old daughter.