Fritz Barzilauskas was born on January 13, 1920 in Waterbury, Connecticut and graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and earned the rank of lieutenant during World War II.
He went on to Holy Cross and then transferred to Yale where he played football as a tackle and graduated in 1947.
In 1946 he earned All-American honors and in 1947 he played for the College All Star squad in the annual Bears-College All Star game at Soldiers' Field in Chicago.
He was drafted in the first round with the third pick overall, by the Boston Yanks in the 1947 NFL draft.
In 1947 and 1948 he played guard for the Yanks, and after the owner folded the franchise and moved with them to New York, he played with them as the New York Bulldogs in 1949. In 1951 he played right guard with the New York Giants.
In 1950 he coached the freshman football team at Yale and later served as an administrator of the intramural program for the athletic department for 20 years before his retirement. He was a resident of North Haven and had lived there since 1963.
Fritz Barzilauskas died on November 30, 1990 in North Haven, CT at age 70.