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Alex Wojciechowicz
Linebacker; Center
Jersey #(s)
30, 50
Born August 12, 1915(1915-08-12)
South River, New Jersey
Died July 13, 1992 (aged 76)
Forked River, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19381950
NFL Draft 1938 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College Fordham
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 134
Games started 75
Interceptions 19
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz (August 12, 1915 – July 13, 1992) was a professional American football player in the National Football League. He was an NFL Hall of Famer as a offensive lineman and linebacker for the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.


High school career

Wojciechowicz was an All-State selection at South River High School in 1933, and earned letters in both basketball and baseball, in addition to football. He was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

College career

He played college football at Fordham University, the center on the famed Seven Blocks of Granite offensive line, which included an undersized right guard named Vince Lombardi. He was named All-American in 1936 and 1937 and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

NFL career

Detroit Lions

Wojciechowicz was the Detroit Lions' first pick in the 1938 NFL Draft and won the starting center job in his first game as a Lion. Even though the Lions were in decline as a team, Alex would play with full effort on both offense and 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.

Philadelphia Eagles

At age 30, Wojciechowicz went to the Eagles as their most well-known defensive player. His veteran leadership 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 professional football. Wojciechowicz was a football player's player, one of the best the game has seen.

After retirement

He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He died July 13, 1992 at the age of 76.


Producer Danny Arnold, a New Yorker and fan of Fordham University athletics, named one of the detectives on the sitcom Barney Miller Stan Wojciehowicz, in honor of Wojie.


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Simple English

Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz (born August 12, 1915 in South River, New Jersey - died July 13, 1992 in Forked River, New Jersey) was a American Football Center who played for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. Wojciechowicz was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968[1]. Wojciechowicz was the Detroit Lions first pick in the 1938 NFL Draft.


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