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That would probably be Alfred C. “Al” Blozis (C’1942), who held multiple world records for the shot put. At 6 feet 6 ½ inches and 248 pounds, Blozis’ size and strength earned him such nicknames as “Big Al” and the “Hoya Hercules.” Participating in 26 college track meets between 1939 and 1941, he never lost a shot put event and held five world records concurrently: the 16lb indoor shot, the 12lb indoor and outdoor shot, and the 8lb indoor and outdoor shot. Right tackle on the Georgetown football team that went undefeated for 23 games and made an appearance in the 1941 Orange Bowl, he played tackle for the New York Giants after graduation.
After the U.S. entered World War II, each of the three branches of the military refused to induct Blozis on the grounds that he was too tall. He finally succeeded in joining the Army in 1943, after the height requirement was waived. Last seen on January 31, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge, when he set out in a snow storm to search for a missing patrol, Lt. Blozis was later declared killed in action. The Hoya said on May 11, 1945: “Some day his records may fall, some people may even forget him, but those who ever had contact with him, however little, will never forget him. For Al was too big. Maybe that is why God chose him.”