The life of an offensive lineman is often a
thankless job. They are the nameless, faceless masses of
humanity that toil in anonymity along the trenches while the
more celebrated skill players receive the glory.
But Ed Hudak proved himself to be the
antithesis of the stereotypical offensive lineman. He left
his mark both on the field and in the classroom, first at
Blackhawk High School and then at Lafayette College.
A 1993 Lafayette graduate, Hudak is the only
player in Lafayette football history to be recognized with
All-American honors by four different organizations. Hudak
completed his decorated career on the offensive line in
1992, as he led the Leopards to an 8-3 record and the
Patriot League Championship. Hudak garnered first-team
All-American honors from both Kodak (coaches) and Football
Gazette, while the Associated Press named him to the second
team. For two consecutive seasons, The Sports Network placed
Hudak on the honorable mention listing.
A three-year letter winner, Hudak helped
Lafayette lead the Patriot League in total offense (435.9
yards per game) and scoring offense (34.7 points per game)
in 1992. The Leopards led the league in rushing offense in
both his junior and senior seasons, rolling up 179.6 yards
on the ground in 1991 and 196.8 yards per game in 1992.
6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman was instrumental in paving the
way for a superb
that opened up an
able passing attack as the Leopards claimed two Patriot
League football championships.
started 33 straight games for the Leopards and graduated as
the most decorated player in Lafayette history. In 2005 he
was inducted into the Lafayette “Maroon Club”, the school’s
athletic Hall of Fame.
his outstanding college career, Hudak was a standout at
Blackhawk High School, where he played for legendary coach
Joe Hamilton. He was an All-Conference selection as an
offensive lineman and was a KDKA Extra Effort Award winner
for his athletic and academic achievements. Following his
senior season, Hudak was selected to participate in the
Penn-Ohio All Star Game.
Following his departure from Lafayette, Hudak
obtained a professional engineering license. He has spent
multiple years with Merck & Co., an organization that
discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range
of products to improve human and animal health. Hudak has
climbed the ladder and currently holds the title of Senior
Research Engineer, responsible for compound management in
support of high throughput screening.
Ed and his wife, Arlene, have four children
and live in Eastern Pennsylvania.