Al Makowiecki was one of those tough, rugged athletes from the Tom Nugent-era of Seminole football. Playing both offensive and defensive tackle during the 1953-54 season, Makowiecki capped a great career when he was named captain of the 8-4 Seminoles in their 1954 Sun Bowl appearance. Teammates Vic Prinzi, Burt Reynolds and others gave “Big Al” much of the credit for making defensive debris of would-be tacklers. Makowiecki received acclaim for his play in 1954, earning “All-State” and “All-American” honors. After graduating from FSU, Makowiecki served two years in the U.S. Army. After which, he returned to pro football playing three years with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In 1991 he was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.