ALEX WOJCIECHOWICZ

ALEX WOJCIECHOWICZ

Class of 1968
Center-Linebacker >>> 5-11, 217
(Fordham)
1938-1946 Detroit Lions, 1946-1950 Philadelphia Eagles

Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz ... Two-time Fordham All-American, center of famed "Seven Blocks of Granite" line ... Lions' No. 1 draft pick, 1938 ... Played four games first week as pro ... Authentic "iron man" for 8 1/2 years with Lions ... Joined Eagles as defensive specialist strictly ... Known for exceptionally wide center stance ... Outstanding pass defender with 19 lifetime interceptions ... Born August 12, 1915, in South River, New Jersey ... Died July 13, 1992, at age of 76.

Hall of Famer Alex Wojciechowicz first gained fame in college as a member of Fordham University’s famous "Seven Blocks of Granite" line, earning a two-time All-America status. Playing right next to Wojie was future Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.

Wojciechowicz was the Detroit Lions number-one pick in the 1938 National Football League Draft and won the starting center job in his first game as a Lion. During his years in Detroit, the Lions slipped from being one of the NFL’s strongest teams to one of its weakest. But Wojie, as he was called, always played at a championship caliber, excelling on both offense and defense.

A popular player, he was often the comic relief on the football team, the kind that every team likes to have around. On the field, however, he was all business, one of the last of the "iron men" of football, a center on offense and a sure-tackling linebacker with unusually good range, on defense.

In 1944, he demonstrated his defensive talents when he intercepted seven passes, a Lions record for several years. Although Wojciechowicz received his fair share of personal recognition, he yearned to play on a championship team. That never happened in Detroit. But when he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in the middle of the 1946 season, the two-time All-Pro selection joined a team that seemed poised to deliver him his dream.

A revitalized 30-year-old Wojciechowicz immediately became the nucleus and ringleader of a formidable Eagles defensive platoon. His veteran leadership and dogged determination made him a major contributor to the Eagles’ championship runs in 1948 and 1949. From the time he was picked as Detroit's number one draft choice in 1938 until he retired in 1950 after 13 seasons of pro football - one season for every letter of his surname – Wojie was a football player's player, one of the best the game has seen.

Year
Team

G

Int

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1938 Detroit

11

0

0

0.0

0

1939 Detroit
11
0
0
0.0
0
1940 Detroit
11
3
20
6.7
1
1941 Detroit
10
0
0
0.0
0
1942 Detroit
11
2
5
2.5
0
1943 Detroit
9
2
14
7.0
0
1944 Detroit
10
7
88
12.6
0
1945 Detroit
10
0
0
0.0
0
1946 Detroit/Philadelphia
10
0
0
0.0
0
1947 Philadelphia
12
1
3
3.0
0
1948 Philadelphia
10
1
2
2.0
0
1949 Philadelphia
12
2
26
13.0
0
1950 Philadelphia
7
1
4
4.0
0
Career Total
134
19
162
8.5
1
Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 4-44; Kickoff Returns: 4-47

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