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Joe Bozik

Football, Baseball, & Wrestling (Inducted: 1992-93)


Joe  Bozik

Joe Bozik participated in football, wrestling and baseball while attending Lafayette. He found his greatest success on the gridiron where he started three seasons at quarterback, including 1955 when Lafayette captured the "Little Brass Cannon," the program's first Middle Three title since 1944.

Bozik also led the team in kickoff and punt return yardage in his sophomore and junior campaigns. As a sophomore under Head Coach Steve Hokuf, he led the `Pards to a 6-2 record, including a 21-13 win over Dartmouth, Lafayette's first victory over an Ivy League opponent in 22 seasons. His 21-yard touchdown run lifted the `Pards over Rutgers, 16-7, Lafayette's first win over the Scarlet Knights in 11 years. Bozik, an option quarterback, defensive back and kick returner, scored two touchdowns and converted a point after in the Leopards' 35-6 upset of Lehigh, played on the snowy mud of Fisher Field. Bozik concluded his collegiate football career by leading Lafayette against heavily-favored Lehigh, a close game played before over 17,000 fans, the largest football crowd in Bethlehem at the time.