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Ed Franco


Edmund Joseph Franco

Inducted 1980

Date of Birth



Jersey City, NJ


Fordham University (1935-1937)


The Fordham Rams of the 1930's were one of college football's powerhouse teams. Fordham's success was built on the strength of its line, which became known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite." Ed Franco and Alex Wojciechowicz were two "granite blocks" that later became members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Vince Lombardi was another member of that famous line. Ed Franco came from Dickinson High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Fordham. He was elected president of the freshman class. The 5-8, 196-pound Franco started as a guard for the Rams and was moved to tackle. In 1935, the Rams posted a 6-1-2 record with five shutouts. The 1936 squad lost only one game, the season final to New York University. Franco was captain of the East team in the East-West Shrine game. Franco was a first-team All-America in 1936 and a consensus pick in 1937. Following graduation, he returned to Fordham as a line coach and later worked for Vince Lombardi as a scout for the Green Bay Packers


Height 5'8

Weight 196

Career Highlights

  • 1937 Consensus All-America
  • 1936 First Team All-America
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