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Encyclopedia > Al Blozis
Al Blozis
Date of birth January 5, 1919
Place of birth Flag of United States Garfield, New Jersey
Date of death January 21, 1945 (aged 26)
Place of death Flag of France Vosges Mountains, France
Position(s) Offensive tackle
College Georgetown
NFL Draft 1942 / Round 5/ Pick 38
Career highlights
Honors NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
Retired #s New York Giants #32
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1942-1944 New York Giants
College Hall of Fame

Albert Charles Blozis (January 5, 1919 - January 21, 1945) was a world-class athlete who died in World War II. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 391 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (600 × 920 pixel, file size: 98 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)source: New York Giants, from the private collection of Michael Moran; This work was previously under Public Domain. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Map highlighting Garfields location within Bergen County. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Typical landscape in Vosges mountains (Chajoux valley, La Bresse, France) Waterfall in eastern Vosges mountains Glacial lake in Vosges mountains (Lac de Schiessrothried) The Vosges Mountains is a range in eastern France, stretching along the west side of the Rhine valley in a NNE direction, from Belfort to Saverne. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is one of the top private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1942 NFL Draft was held on December 22, 1941. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

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Early life

He was born in Garfield, New Jersey. He attended Dickinson High School in Jersey City, where he became well known for throwing the discus and putting the shot shot put. At Georgetown University, he was the national indoor and outdoor shotput champion in both 1942 and 1943. He set the world indoor record for the shotput, throwing it 56 feet 4.5 inches in 1941 at a meet in Cleveland. He held this record until his death. Statue of discus thrower in Botanic Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark The Discus throw is an athletic throwing event in track and field competition. ... Shot put The shot put is an athletics (track and field) event involving putting (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy metal ball (called the shot) as far as possible. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is one of the top private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Pro Football career

He played tackle for the New York Giants. His 6 foot 6 inch height and 245 pound weight was extremely large at the time. So large, his military training was delayed while custom uniforms were made. However, his large size did not affect his athletic ability. In practice, he occasionally threw passes to receivers. He could throw a football over 70 yards in the air. He played for the Giants in 1942 and 1943 before entering the military. He was able to play three games in 1944 when on furlough. Most forms of football have a move known as a tackle. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... A football is a ball used to play one of the different sports known as football. ...


World War II, death

He was inducted into the Army on December 9, 1943. He was first assigned to duty as a physical instructor at Walter Reed General Hospital and then went through Officers' training at Fort Benning. At Fort Benning, he set the Army's hand grenade throwing record with a toss of 94 yards, 2 feet 6.5 inches. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 28th infantry division. In January 1945, his platoon was in the Vosges Mountains of France scouting enemy lines. When two of his men, a sergeant and a private, failed to return from a patrol, he went in search of them alone.[1] He never returned. He was first listed as missing, but in April his death was confirmed. December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the U.S. Army medical center/hospital (not the research institute). ... Fort Benning is a United States Army base, located southwest of Columbus in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama It is part of the Columbus, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. ... Fort Benning is a United States Army base, located southwest of Columbus in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama It is part of the Columbus, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. ... For the alcoholic beverage sold in New Orleans, see hand grenade (drink). ... Platoon of the German Bundeswehr. ... Typical landscape in Vosges mountains (Chajoux valley, La Bresse, France) Waterfall in eastern Vosges mountains Glacial lake in Vosges mountains (Lac de Schiessrothried) The Vosges Mountains is a range in eastern France, stretching along the west side of the Rhine valley in a NNE direction, from Belfort to Saverne. ... Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... A Private is a soldier of the lowest military rank (equivalent to Nato Rank Grades OR-1 to OR-3 depending on the force served in). ...


Honors

The New York Giants retired the number he wore, 32. A second Giants player, Jack Lummus also died in World War II. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Andrew Jackson Lummus, Jr. ...


Sources

  • Blozis was killed Jan 21 in France, New York Times, April 9, 1945.
  • Two Giants Were Heroes Far From Playing Field; Al Blozis, a Star Tackle, and Jack Lummus, a Promising Receiver, Died in Combat in World War II, New York Times, January 26, 1991.
National Football League | NFL's 1940s All-Decade Team

Sammy Baugh | Sid Luckman | Bob Waterfield | Tony Canadeo | Bill Dudley | George McAfee | Charley Trippi | Steve Van Buren | Byron White | Pat Harder | Marion Motley | Bill Osmanski | Jim Benton | Jack Ferrante | Ken Kavanaugh | Dante Lavelli | Pete Pihos | Mac Speedie | Ed Sprinkle | Al Blozis | George Connor | Frank "Bucko" Kilroy | Buford "Baby" Ray | Vic Sears | Al Wistert | Bruno Banducci | Bill Edwards | Garrard "Buster" Ramsey | Bill Willis | Len Younce | Charley Brock | Clyde "Bulldog" Turner | Alex Wojciechowicz | The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is a retired American football player born in Temple, Texas, the second son of James and Lucy Baugh. ... Sid Luckman (November 21, 1916 - July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1939 to 1950 leading the team to 4 NFL championships during that period. ... Bob Waterfield began his NFL career with the Rams with their 5th pick in 1944 in the NFL Draft. ... Anthony Robert Canadeo The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga (born May 5, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois, USA; died November 29, 2003 at age of 84) was a professional football halfback and quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. ... Bill Bullet Dudley (born December 24, 1921 ) is a former NFL Hall of Famer who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, and the Detroit Lions. ... George Anderson McAfee (b. ... Charley Trippi(born December 14, 1922, in Pittston, Pennsylvania)was in 1946 a two-time All-American from the University of Georgia, and was a key figure in the inter-league battling between the new AII-America Football Conference ( AAFC) and the National Football League. ... Steve Van Buren (b. ... Byron Raymond White (June 8, 1916 – April 15, 2002) won fame both as a football running back and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. ... Marlin M. Pat Harder (May 6, 1922 in Milwaukee, WI – September 6, 1992 in Waukesha, WI) was a college and professional football player, playing fullback and kicker. ... Marion Motley (born June 5, 1920, in Leesburg, Georgia, died June 27, 1999) was a former American Football fullback who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Dr. Bill Bullet Bill Osmanski (December 29, 1915 in Providence, RI - December 25, 1996 in Chicago, IL) was a college and professional football player, playing fullback, and a licensed Dentist. ... Jim Benton (September 25, 1916 - March 28, 2001) was an American football player—a wide receiver—who was selected for the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team. ... Jack Ferrante (March 9, 1916 - November 24, 2006) was an American football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Ken Kavanaugh (b. ... Dante Bert Joseph Lavelli (born Feb. ... Peter Louis Pihos (born October 22, 1923, in Orlando, Florida, USA) was a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... On October 5th, 1964. ... Ed Sprinkle (b. ... George Leo Connor (January 21, 1925 - March 31, 2003) was an American football offensive tackle/linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1948-1955. ... Frank Bucko Kilroy (b. ... Buford Baby Ray (b. ... Victor Wilson Sears (born March 14, 1918 in Ashwood, Oregon) was an American football player from 1941-1953. ... Al Wistert (b. ... Bruno Banducci (b. ... Bill Edwards (July 9, 1920) was an American football player. ... Garrard Buster Ramsey (b. ... William Karnet Willis (born October 5, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former professional football defensive lineman who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1953. ... Leonard A. Younce (born January 8, 1917 in Clayton, Oregon) was an NFL player in 1941, 1943-44, and 1946-48. ... Charley Brock (b. ... Clyde Douglas (Bulldog) Turner (March 10, 1919 in Plains, Texas, USA - October 30, 1998) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears. ... Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz (born August 12, 1915, South River, New Jersey, died July 13, 1992) was a former American Football Offensive lineman who played for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. ...


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