Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz (/woʊdʒɨˈhoʊwɨts/; 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 an offensive lineman and linebacker for the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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.
After retirement 
He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. A resident of South River, New Jersey, he died there on July 13, 1992 at the age of 76.
External links 
- 1978: Pete Rozelle, George Halas, Art Rooney
- 1979: Paul Brown, Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski
- 1980: Don Shula, Wellington Mara, Dominic Olejniczak, Pro Football Hall of Fame
- 1981: Lamar Hunt, Tom Landry
- 1982: William Bidwill, Alex Wojciechowicz, Bud Grant
- 1983: F. William Harder, LeRoy Neiman
- 1985: George P. Marshall, Weeb Ewbank
- 1986: Howard Cosell, Vince Lombardi, Vic Maitland
- 1987: Ray Scott, Steve Sabol, Ed Sabol, Bert Bell
- 1988: Raymond Berry
- 1989: Tex Schramm
- 1990: Bill Dudley, Ollie Matson, Steve Van Buren
- 1991: Hugh McElhenny 1992: Chuck Bednarik, Art Modell
- 1993: Elroy Hirsch, Marion Motley
- 1994: Sid Luckman, Sammy Baugh
- 1995: Otto Graham, Chuck Noll
- 1996: Johnny Unitas, Curt Gowdy
- 1997: Pat Summerall, Ralph Wilson
- 1998: Jim Brown, Al Davis
- 1999: Bobby Mitchell, Paul Tagliabue
- 2000: Len Dawson, Deacon Jones
- 2001: Mike McCormack, Mel Renfro
- 2002: Mel Blount, Jim Otto, Jim Tunney
- 2003: Tom Flores, Willie Davis
- 2004: Dick Vermeil, Val Pinchbeck, Don Weiss
- 2005: Larry Wilson, Joe Greene
- 2007: Sonny Jurgensen, Jack Youngblood
- 2008: Eric Dickerson, John Madden, Alex Spanos