“Back in the day”, a football team’s offense had no wide receivers. The offensive line simply consisted of a center, 2 guards, 2 tackles, and 2 “ends” (what today we call “tight ends“). When someone talked of the offensive line back then, they were talking about all seven.
Also “back in the day” (the late 1920s, the 1930s, and the early 1940s), the Fordham University football team was a national power, even winning the national championship in 1929. I suspect that most of you have never even heard of Fordham, a Jesuit school in greater New York City (fyi Arizona Cardinals back-up QB John Skelton is a Fordham grad). Back in their glory years, they were best known for having the best offensive line in the country, which became known as “the Seven Blocks of Granite”. Every football fan will recognize the name of at least one of the Seven Blocks of Granite, a guard by the name of Vincent Lombardi (yes, THAT Vince Lombardi).
Fast forward 70-80 years to today, the 49ers, and the reason for this post. On gameday, we have been suiting up seven O linemen (granted this omits the “ends” and counts only centers, guards, and tackles), and all seven have been making a contribution, with the two non-starters seeing action as fullbacks, extra tight ends, etc.
I’m writing this as I’m watching Detroit dismantle Chicago, and I’m VERY impressed with Detroit's defensive line. For us to defeat Detroit, our offensive line must come together and play the best that this group has ever played as a unit. I felt that those of us here at NN might help contribute an admittedly small amount to helping our O line develop into a cohesive unit, by giving the unit a name, giving them an identity as a group, something that they can take pride in as the identity of the unit grows.
I hereby christen our offensive line, unless someone can come up with a better name for them, to be “Our SFeven Blocks of Granite”...