Bezemes was a two-sport standout at Holy Cross, earning letters in both football and baseball. An All-East choice in 1942 in football, he led the Crusaders to wins over Temple, North Carolina and Boston College and played a major role in HC's stunning 55-12 upset over the Eagles that year by accounting for four touchdowns - two in the air, one on the ground and one interception return. He was also on Crusader baseball teams that won 25 of 30 games and played varsity basketball. He played in the 1942 Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., a showcase for top collegiate football talent. Upon graduation he was drafted by both the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Eagles. After serving more than three years in the U.S. Navy, he played professionally in the minor league for the Cubs.