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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 […]

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward (Pro Basketball.  Born, Tallahassee, FL, Oct. 12, 1970.)  After leading Florida State’s football team to the national championship in Jan. 1994, Charlie Ward, Jr., won the Heisman, Maxwell, and Davey O’Brien trophies as the nation’s best football player, as well as the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in America.  He was […]

Larry Kelley

Larry Kelley (College football.  Born, Conneaut, OH, May 30, 1915; died, Hightstown, NJ, June 27, 2000.)  In the mid-1930s, the fortunes of Yale football were still a major national story and Lawrence Morgan Kelley was a major part of that story.  Kelley performed the unusual feat, especially for an end, of scoring in every game […]

Dick Kazmaier

Dick Kazmaier (College football.  Born, Maumee, OH, Nov. 23, 1930.)  A 171-pound tailback in Princeton’s single-wing attack, Dick Kazmaier was considered the nation’s best football player, winning the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award in 1951, the culmination of a career in which he led his Tigers to 22 straight victories.  Princeton got off to something […]

Sid Luckman

Sid Luckman (College football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 21, 1916; died, Chicago, IL, July 5, 1998.) Sid Luckman was a most unusual football star. He was a great high school player at Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall, but opted not to attend any of the high-powered colleges that tried to recruit him. Instead, Luckman decided he wanted […]

John Heisman

John Heisman (College football.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 23, 1869; died, New York, NY, Oct. 3, 1936.)  Having played for Brown and Penn and having been a successful college coach for 36 years, John W. Heisman became athletic director at the Downtown A.C. in 1930.  The award, first presented in 1935, to the year’s best […]

Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon (Pro football.  Born, Gary, IN, Sept. 28, 1919; died, Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 15, 1990.)  A little-known fact about the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan is that Thomas Dudley Harmon played his first pro game in New York.  Harmon played one game for the New York Americans of the American Football League in […]

Clint Frank

Clint Frank (College football.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 13, 1915; died, Chicago, IL, July 7, 1992.)  As captain of the 1937 Yale football team, Clinton E. Frank led the Bulldogs to within a touchdown of an unbeaten season.  After a 4-0 start, Frank threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Al Hessberg in the closing […]

Ron Dayne

Ron Dayne (Pro football.  Born, Berlin, NJ, Mar. 14, 1978.)  As the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner after scoring 71 touchdowns for Wisconsin, Ron Dayne was the Giants’ first-round selection in the 2000 N.F.L. draft.  Dayne had a disappointing career with the Giants, missing the entire 2003 season due to injury and finishing with 2,067 yards […]

Pete Dawkins

Pete Dawkins (College football.  Born, Royal Oak, Mich., Mar. 8, 1938.)  Determination helped lift Peter Miller Dawkins from a little-thought-of plebe quarterback to a Heisman Trophy-winning halfback on Col. Red Blaik’s unbeaten final Army squad in 1958.  Dawkins, a polio victim as a child, came back to become the quarterback on his eighth-grade football team […]

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