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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 […]

Ray Wietecha

Ray Wietecha (Pro football.  Born, East Chicago, IN, Nov. 4, 1928; died, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 24, 2002.)  An ironman center who played 124 games in a row at center for the Giants, Raymond Walter Wietecha was drafted in 1950.  Wietecha had been the all-Big 10 center for the Northwestern team that won the 1949 Rose […]

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. […]

W.C. Heinz

W.C. Heinz (Sportswriter.  Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Jan. 11, 1915; died, Bennington, VT, Feb. 26, 2008.)  Justly celebrated as one of the most perceptive writers in the field, Wilfred Charles Heinz spent over a dozen years on the staff of the original New York Sun.  Following the demise of The Sun on Jan. 4, 1950, […]

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 […]

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