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Captain of Fordham's 'Seven Blocks of Granite' dies

NEW YORK -- John Druze, the last surviving member and
captain of Fordham's famed "Seven Blocks of Granite," has died.
He was 91.

Druze died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., of natural causes,
Fordham said Thursday.

Druze, an end and kicker, was the captain of Fordham's 1937 team
that went 7-0-1, the school's last undefeated season. A native of
Irvington, N.J., he was inducted into the Fordham University
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974.

In 1936 and 1937, Druze teamed with Al Babartsky, Vince
Lombardi, Alex Wojciechowicz, Nat Pierce, Ed Franco and Leo Paquin
to form the second version of Fordham's famed "Seven Blocks of
Granite" under coach Jim Crowley. The line coach on those teams
was Frank Leahy, later the head coach at Notre Dame.

Druze played briefly for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers before
starting his coaching career in 1939 on Leahy's staff at Boston
College. In 1941, Druze moved to Notre Dame when Leahy took over
the Fighting Irish.

After serving in the Navy in World War II, Druze returned to
Notre Dame. He left the Irish to become Marquette's head coach in
1956 and stayed at the school until it dropped football following
the 1960 season. He then became a salesman for the Denver-Chicago
Trucking Company, a position he held until his retirement at 62.

Druze is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rose; two daughters,
Dottie and Jody (Faker); six grandchildren; John, Shannon, Erin,
and Ryan Campbell; and Travis and Nicole Faker; and two
great-grandchildren; Austin Campbell and Brady Campbell-Kulla.