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Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Al Brosky

Today marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of Al Brosky, the most prolific pass defender in college football history. His 29 picks were accumulated in 28 career games. Even more impressive is his NCAA record of interceptions in 15 consecutive games. The youngest of 12 children of immigrant Czechoslovakian parents, Brosky attended Harrison Tech High School in Chicago. Upon his graduation from Harrison Tech, Brosky enlisted in the Army and served for more than 15 months. He was discharged in 1948 and enrolled at Saint Louis University, but he left after a semester and came to the University of Illinois. Besides being captain and Most Valuable Player of the 1952 Illini, Brosky also was an All-Big Ten and All-America selection. A severe back disorder and other complications allowed him to play pro football for one season, then he went into business for himself. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, Brosky died in 2010 at age 82.

CAREER INTERCEPTIONS
No.         Player, Team, Years
29           Al Brosky, Illinois, 1950-52
27           John Provost, Holy Cross, 1972-74
27           Martin Bayless, Bowling Green, 1980-83
25           Tom Curtis, Michigan, 1967-69
25           Tony Thurman, Boston College, 1981-84
25           Tracy Saul, Texas Tech, 1989-92
23           Jeff Nixon, Richmond, 1975-78
22           Jim Bolding, East Carolina, 1973-76
22           Bennie Blades, Miami, 1984-87

Illini Birthdays
Today: David Freeman, basketball (37)
Monday: David Williams, football (50)
Tuesday: Larry Lubin, basketball (56)
Wednesday: Duke Preston, football (31)
Thursday: Damir Krupalija, basketball (34)
Friday: Pharoah Gay, track & field (39)
Saturday: Jim Vopicka, basketball (69)

— By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)
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AlD5862 wrote on June 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Al Brosky was a truly unique individual that I had the pleasure to meet on several ocassions;  what is really interesting is that he made all of his interceptions over a 3 year period.  Several of those listed behind him have accomplished their interceptions over a 4 year period.  Al Brosky was one of the greatest Fighting Illini and he is missed.