Detroit Lions Gridiron Heroes
Alex WojciechowiczOL
Hall of Fame Class: 1968Fordham
Years with the Lions: 1938-46Seasons: 9
Height: 5-11Weight: 217
Alex Wojciechowicz
Photo courtesy of the NFL Hall of Fame

Alex Wojciechowicz had a leg-span (5 feet, 4 inches) of an albatross' wingspan as he hunched over the ball for the center snap. Although Wojciechowicz is best remembered for his Ambassador Bridge imitation while centering the ball, he may have been a better linebacker.

In today's game, he probably would have excelled at outside linebacker because of his excellent pass coverage ability. He intercepted seven passes for the Lions in 1944, which no defensive back had done to that point. Wojciechowicz returned those seven passes 88 yards, the second-best figure in the club record books at the time. He ended his career with 14 interceptions.

Early in his rookie season, Wojciechowicz took over the starting center job, and he remained a two-way player until being waived after Detroit lost its first three games of the 1946 season. He was a two-time All-America center at Fordham on the famed "Seven Blocks of Granite" line, and the Lions drafted him in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1938 NFL Draft.

He went on to play in 86 games for the Lions from 1938-46, and was named to the All-Decade Team of the 1940s. Wojciechowicz was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz died July 13, 1992 at the age of 76.