George L. Larkowich
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Team: Football

George L. Larkowich '39
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1983

George L. Larkowich '39 was one of the finest tackles of the Tuss McLaughry years at Brown (1926-40) and played a leading role in the success of the brilliant 1938 team, which averaged close to 30 points a game while going 5-3 against the best the east had to offer. The 6-4, 210-pound lineman was picked on the All-New England first team by the International News Service and the All-New England second team by the United Press, both in 1938. That same season he was selected to the All-East first team by the New York Herald-Tribune. The following fall, George Larkowich started for the Eastern All-Stars against the New York Giants. This was especially significant since the All-Stars were coached by Jock Sutherland, coach of Pittsburgh's national powerhouse and were loaded with Sutherland performers. A Rhode Islander by birth, Larkowich played at Central high, which, along with Cranston High and La Salle Academy, dominated the local football scene in the 1930's. Central won the Rhode Island championship in 1934, with George serving as captain and gaining All-State first team honors for the second straight year. An end in his high school years, Larkowich was especially strong on defense and used his height to become a dangerous pass receiver. A teammate on these powerful Central High teams was Bill Osmanski, who went on to gain All-American honors at Holy Cross before joining the Chicago Bears. The move from end to tackle for George Larkowich came during his sophomore year at Brown, and by his senior season he was a master of his trade. That 1938 team lost only to national ranked Dartmouth and Holy Cross (14-12 in the final 40 seconds), and a Yale team that narrowly missed defeating Michigan earlier in the year. The Turkey Day finale of this colorful, exciting team was a 36-27 romp over Columbia, led by passing star Sid Luckman. "George Larkowich had great mobility for a tackle," teammate John McLaughry '40 said. "This may have been as the result of his experience as an end in high school and college. George was a good blocker but he was especially tough on defense. His strength and height allowed him to put tremendous pressure on a passer. And his speed allowed him to cover the inside against a running play and then swing to the outside to help out our ends." George Larkowich, now retired in Edgewood, is married to Rosalind Cooney '40, and they have three children - Ann, Pete, and Andy.