Alex "Sorky" Sarkisian
- Position: Center
- School: Northwestern
- High School: East Chicago, IN (Washington)
- Years: 1946-1948
- Inducted: 1998
- Place of Birth: Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey
- Date of Birth: Jul 13, 1922
- Place of Death: East Chicago, IN
- Date of Death: Dec 14, 2004
- Jersey Number: 54
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 215
Member BiographyAlex Sarkisian's story is one of true American grit.
The Sarkisian family left Armenia, traveled through
Turkey, and came to America. While in Constantinople
(now Istanbul), Turkey, Alex was born July 13, 1922.
Then he, his older brother, and his parents proceeded
to America. They settled in East Chicago, Indiana,
where his father had a job working for Inland Steel.
Alex attended Washington High School in East Chicago
and played center and fullback on the football team.
In 1940 he enrolled at Northwestern University.
He left school to join the U. S. Army, returned in
1946, played one year under Lynn Waldorf and two years
under Bob Voigts. He was a center and linebacker
and made All-America in 1948.
That year he was Northwestern's captain. Voigts
remembers Sarkisian's great leadership with this
story:" We were playing Minnesota and got behind 16-0.
Alex called the players together and said, 'We are
going to win. Anyone who doesn't think so can get
off the field right now.' We won 19-16."
The 1948 Northwestern team went to the Rose Bowl and
beat California 20-14. Sarkisian, who played at 215
pounds, stood 6'1" in height. He served the years
1949-54 as an assistant coach at Northwestern.
He finished his bachelor's and master's degrees, and
in 1955 he returned to his alma mater, Washington High
in East Chicago.
He coached football and wrestling, taught speech
classes, and coached the debate team. Then he moved
to the East Chicago Public School System as
coordinator. He retired in 1994. East Chicago was
always his home; that's where he and his wife, Ann,
raised their four children -- Alex, Alexis, Leon, and