Lessons learned from athletics can be
applied to an individualís life and go a long way towards success.
The lessons of determination and desire were applied very well by
Alex Makowiecki. After obtaining All County honors at Monaca high
school in 1949 as a tackle, Alex matriculated to Geneva College
where he saw action for two years. Although he had considerable action at Geneva, he had to work at several local steel
mills to play for college expenses. Alex then walked on at
Florida State University and won a scholarship in four days.
Although redshirted his first year, Alex was selected first team All
Florida the next two years and was selected as a Little All
American tackle in 1954. He caped off his college career by helping
the 8-3 Seminoles to a Sun Bowl berth. Alex went on to play for the
Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1955, when
they lost to the Edmonton Eskimos 34-29 in the Grey Cup title game.
After a stint in the military, Alex returned to Montreal for the
1957 season but a severe knee injury ended his football career.