Russ Schamun was the receiving end of one of the most dramatic passing combinations to grace Napa High School. His late game catches and runs for touchdowns to win ball games were highlights of the Bruce Tonascia-Russ Schamun era. As a three-year varsity football player, Schamun played on two championship teams, and in his senior year, he was a nominee for the East-West Shrine game, first team All-North Bay League, first team All-Redwood Empire and Most Valuable Player of the Napa team. He caught 22 passes for 500 yards and six touchdowns. Schamun was a member of the 400-meter relay team as a sophomore and then switched to baseball for his final two years, where he played on a championship team and earned second team All-NBL both years. Schamun continued his football at the University of Alabama after earning a four-year athletic scholarship. The University of Alabama won three Southeastern Conference championships and one national championship during Schamun’s stay there. Schamun was second team All-SEC in 1974 and his play in the 1975 Orange Bowl against Notre Dame electrified a national television audience and earned Schamun the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award for the game.