Induction Year: 1992
Born in Brooklyn, Schmitt went to play football at Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey and was then offered a full scholarship to Hofstra University.
He played center for the New York Jets for 10 seasons, being an unsung hero on the offensive line during their victory in Super Bowl III.
He almost missed playing in the game as he was sick with pneumonia. Though he suffered from dehydration and near exhaustion, he played the entire game and vomited in the locker room next to Joe Namath as he talked with reporters about his famous “guarantee.”
His career ended in 1974 with the Green Bay Packers.