All-Southern Conference, 1946-1948
National Football League All-Pro, 1950, 1951
A product of Newark, N.J., Al DeRogatis played football for the Blue Devils from 1945 to 1948 and ranks as one of the school's greatest defensive tackles. During his career, he was chosen All-Southern, All-Dixie and All-America and was the captain of the 1948 Duke team.
A 6-3, 220-pounder, "DeRo" played defensive center as a freshman, but moved over to tackle the following year and earned second-team All-America mention in the Football Scots PIC Magazine. He suffered a knee injury in the 1947 season opener and missed over half the year but performed brilliantly in spot duty late in the season.
As a senior in 1948, DeRogatis was regarded as one of the fiercest defensive players in the nation. He made Deke Houlgate's All-America team and the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's All-America squad picked by a vote of 1,955 college players across the nation. He was national lineman of the week following a 19-7 loss to Georgia Tech in which he blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and kept the heat on the Tech backfield all afternoon. He played in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco and in the College All-Star Game versus the Philadelphia Eagles following his senior season.
DeRogatis was drafted by the New York Giants in 1949 and played four years for the NFL team, making the All-Pro team twice before bad knees forced his retirement. He then became the Giants' radio broadcaster before launching a distinguished career as one of the top football analysts in the NFL for over a decade with NBC television.