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Ventan Yablonski

Ventan Yablonski (College football.  Born, Worcester, MA, Mar. 4, 1923; died, Naperville, IL, March 1, 2008.)  A sophomore quarterback at Fordham in 1942, Ventan Constantine Yablonski became a star halfback and placekicker at Columbia after World War II.  Yablonski, a stocky 5’8”, 190 pounds, gained 637 yards rushing in two seasons (149 carries, 4.3 average) […]

Alex Wojciechowicz

Alex Wojciechowicz (College Football.  Born, South River, NJ, Aug. 12, 1915; died, South River, NJ, July 13, 1992.)  Among the legendary names of New York college football, Alex Wojciechowicz is one of the greatest. He was the center and middle linebacker around whom the fabled second version of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” were built […]

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi (College and pro football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 11, 1913; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 3, 1970.) While he became legendary coaching at Green Bay, Vincent Thomas Lombardi had a long football history in New York. A guard on the famed “Seven Blocks of Granite” line at Fordham (1935-37), Lombardi began to study law. […]

Jim Lansing

Jim Lansing (College football. Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Sept. 16, 1919; died, Mount Vernon, NY, Dec. 2, 2000.) An all-America end at Fordham, James Lansing became a critical part of the restoration of football at Rose Hill. Lansing starred for the Rams in 1940 and 1941 and, after returning from World War II military service, […]

Wellington Mara

Wellington Mara (Pro Football. Born, New York, NY, Aug. 14, 1916; died, Rye, NY, Oct. 25, 2005.) During the 1930s, Fordham was a national power in college football with the second version of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” filling the Polo Grounds and during those years Wellington Mara was an undergraduate along with such fabled […]

Dom Principe

Dom Principe (Football.  Born, Brockton, Mass., Feb. 9, 1917.)  A rugged back who was a major part of Fordham’s offense, Dominic Alfred Principe was also a member of both the Football Giants (1940-42) and the A.A.F.C. Brooklyn Dodgers (1946).  At Fordham, he played both ways but was primarily a fullback tough to stop in short-yardage […]

Leo Paquin

Leo Paquin (College football.  Born, New York, NY, June 13, 1910; died, Rutherford, NJ, Dec. 2, 1993.)  Leo Paquin was the left end on the second version of Fordham’s “Seven Blocks of Granite” (1934-36).  Known as “Twinkletoes” to his teammates because of his grace, Paquin later became head football coach, athletic director, and a teacher […]

Larry Glueck

Larry Glueck (College football.  Born, Norristown, PA, Oct. 5, 1941.)  When Fordham football made the transition from Div. III to Div. I-AA in 1989, Lawrence David Glueck was the head coach expected to take the Rams to the next level.  Glueck had taken over the Div. III program in 1986 and, after a 4-5-1 first […]

Frankie Frisch

Frankie Frisch (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1898; died, Wilmington, DE, Mar. 12, 1973.)  Frankie Francis Frisch was known throughout his baseball career as the “Fordham Flash” for good reason.  Fordham  incubated Frisch’s talents. He attended Fordham Grammar School, Fordham Prep and Fordham College.  His speed earned him the sobriquet “flash” as a youngster and […]

Ed Franco

Ed Franco (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 24, 1915; died, Bayonne, NJ, Nov. 18, 1992.)  A stocky 5’8”, Edmund J. Franco was the left tackle on Fordham’s second version of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” line.  Franco was a consensus all-America choice in 1936 and 1937 as the Rams were 12-1-3 over the […]

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