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Husky Football Legend Walt Trojanowski Passes Away


OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2006) — Former University of Connecticut football standout Walt Trojanowski passed away at the age of 83 on Monday evening in Ocala, Fla.

Trojanowski played for the Huskies as a back in 1942, 1945-46 and again in 1949. He entered the armed forces following the 1942 season before returning to school. In 1945, Trojanowski tied Doc Blanchard of Army for the NCAA scoring title with 132 points on the season.

UConn had a 7-1 record that season under head coach J.O. Christian and Trojanowski rushed for 761 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 24 of 41 passes for 401 yards. For his career, Trojanowski rushed the ball 311 times for 1,356 yards.

Trojanowski scored six touchdowns in UConn’s 1945 opening win over Worcester Tech (46-0) and later scored four touchdowns in wins over Maine (53-0) and Boston University (54-0). The six touchdowns and 36 points vs. Worcester remain school records. Trojanowski’s 22 rushing touchdowns in ’45 is also a school record.

He was named to the East-West Shrine Game roster following his senior year.

Trojanowski was named to UConn’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Football Team in 1998 and was also a pick on the school’s all-time initial team in 1969.

A native of Bridgeport, Conn., he graduated from Bridgeport Central High School and also attended prep school at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn.

He graduated from UConn in 1950 and entered the insurance and real estate business in Bridgeport. He later moved to Waterbury where he spent much of his life before relocating to Ocala.

Trojanowski is survived by his three children, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private and held in Ocala.