Dr. Joseph Alexander

Inducted in 1996

  • 1898: Born in Silver Creek, New York
  • 1913 -1916: Central High School football team
  • 1917-1920: Syracuse University football team. Three years as a All-American as a center and guard. First SU grad in the Helms Foundation for football.
  • 1918 1920: SU lacrosse
  • 1921-1922: Pro football- Syracuse, Rochester, Milwaukee.
  • 1924 -1927: New York Giants football player and coach while attending medical school. First player at the "roving center" position.
  • 1942: Head football coach at City College of New York
  • 1962: Inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame.
  • 1969: SU Letterman of Distinction award. Served as a physician and surgeon in New York City for over forty years. Won four varsity football letters and was the team captain for two years. Syracuse’s first three-time All-American. First inductee into the Syracuse Jewish Community Center’s Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Joe Alexander was a three-time All-America choice, making it as a guard in 1918- 1919 and center in 1920. He was Syracuse captain two years and also captained the lacrosse team one season. Alexander graduated from medical school and began practicing medicine in New York City. He specialized in lung treatment and helped found one of the first tuberculosis centers in New York. For seven years 1921-1927 he played in the National Football League on weekends while practicing medicine. He was playing coach of the New York Giants in 1926 posting an 8-4-1 record. Playing for Syracuse in 1918 against Rutgers, he picked up a loose ball and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. He starred in a 1919 conquest of Pittsburgh. It was Pitt's first loss in four years. Against Colgate in 1920 he lined up on defense on the one-yard line. Colgate ran four plays. Alexander made the tackle on the first three and intercepted a pass on the fourth. He stood 5-11, weighed 210 pounds, and Walter Camp called him "a whirlwind with weight." In 1937 the New York World-Telegram named him on an all-time All-America team. In 1954 Syracuse University started the Joseph Alexander Award, given each year to a Syracuse player for excellence in football, scholarship, and citizenship. Alexander was born April 1, 1898, and died September 12, 1975.