Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Al "Hoya Hercules" Blozis

Al "Hoya Hercules" Blozis

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Georgetown
  • High School: Jersey City, NJ (Dickinson HS)
  • Years: 1939-1941
  • Inducted: 1986
  • Place of Birth: Garfield, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Jan 05, 1919
  • Place of Death: Vosges Mts., France
  • Date of Death: Jan 31, 1945
  • Jersey Number: 32
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 245

Member Biography

Al Blozis played tackle for Georgetown University 1939- 1941, and the team posted records of 7-0-1, 8-2, 5-4 in those three seasons. He also was national collegiate champion in the shot put and in 1941 set a world indoor record in the shot put, 56 feet 4 1/2 inches. He stood 6-6 in height and weighed 245-pounds. When World War II broke out, he was too tall for service. He joined the New York Giants and was an all- pro tackle. In 1944 military standards were changed, and Blozis went into service. He became an Army captain and was sent to France with General Patton's Third Army. Two weeks after arriving there, he was killed by machine gun fire. The date was January 31, 1945. The Army citation following his death paid tribute to his leadership and courage by stating: "Captain Blozis went into the forest to help rescue a soldier who had been wounded. He was killed at this time." The Army named an athletic center in Frankfurt, Germany, for Blozis.