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Bruce J. Fleming

Football ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

A 1982 graduate of Monaca High School, Bruce Fleming earned eight varsity letters in three sports. As a basketball player he earned four letters and was starting center on the Indians' 1982 state championship team. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All WPIAL-A All Star Team and the McDonalds’ All American Basketball team that year. In 1980 he made Section 14 All Section and was team MVP. In 1981 he was All Section 13 and First Team All State in Class A. Bruce finished his high school career with 959 rebounds and with 1531 points, which broke the school’s all time leading scoring record previously held by Brad Davis. As a football player, Bruce earned three letters as a defensive linebacker and in 1981 was selected to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 Football All Star Team, the Post-Gazette WPIAL-A All Star Team, and was a Post-Gazette Player of the Week. Bruce earned his eighth varsity letter in tennis during his senior year. At the University of Miami, Bruce continued his outstanding football career as a linebacker and was a member of the Hurricane Orange Bowl National Championship team in 1983 as a special teams player. During the 1984 and 1985 seasons, he was defensive captain for Jimmy Johnson’s Canes, playing in the 1984 Sugar Bowl and earning Player of the Game in the 1985 Fiesta Bowll. Bruce was named Associated Press Third Team All American as a linebacker his senior year at Miami, and had tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. After his playing days, Bruce taught and coached junior high football and basketball in Gilbert, Arizona.