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The FWAA 75th Anniversary All-American Team

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced its 75th Anniversary All-American team today. As a member, I was privileged to nominate players.

Selecting the team was an enormous and difficult task. Indeed, the third-team running back tandem of Bo Jackson and Doak Walker could just as easily been the first-team backfield. “Picking the FWAA’s 75th Anniversary teams was like taking a final exam with no wrong answers,” said 2015 FWAA President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. “Even though some answers may be more ‘right’ than others, this will add to the colorful conversation about college football, honor those chosen, and help celebrate the game.”

So true. You have three selections at quarterback. Roger Staubach and Tim Tebow were the two I felt absolutely needed to be in there. Staubach helped redefine the position at the college level, and Tebow consistently impacted games more than most college players that I can remember. My short list for the third spot included Tommie Frazier, Johnny Lujack, and Vince Young. Young made arguably the most memorable play in NCAA history, and he also arguably had the greatest single game performance in history. In my opinion, his career didn’t quite stand up to Frazier’s two national titles and Lujack’s three. I ultimately chose Frazier. Those three qbs made the Anniversary Team’s roster, so I certainly wasn’t alone in my thinking. Who would you have chosen at QB?

I’ve followed football since the end of the 1976 pro season. Two players stand out in my mind as the most dynamic college players that I remember. Reggie Bush and Desmond Howard. Neither of them made the Anniversary Team. Which is what makes these types of things fun. Were Bush and Howard as good as I remember? Did anybody remember Howard’s game-breaking or Bush’s incredible outside speed? Marshall Faulk was another phenomenal guy. I remember him bulldozing for over 200 yards one game — in the first half.

Below is the FWAA 75th Anniversary Team. Check it out and see how your team would differ. More information can be found here.


QBRoger Staubach, NavyTim Tebow, FloridaTommie Frazier, Nebraska
RBArchie Griffin, Ohio StateTony Dorsett, PittsburghBo Jackson, Auburn
RBHerschel Walker, GeorgiaBarry Sanders, Oklahoma StateDoak Walker, SMU
WRLarry Fitzgerald, PittsburghFred Biletnikoff, Florida StateAnthony Carter, Michigan
WRJerry Rice, Mississippi Valley StateRandy Moss, MarshallCalvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
TEKeith Jackson, OklahomaMike Ditka, PittsburghGordon Hudson, BYU
OLJohn Hannah, AlabamaBill Fralic, PittsburghBarrett Jones, Alabama
OLOrlando Pace, Ohio StateJohn Hicks, Ohio StateWillie Roaf, Louisiana Tech
OLWill Shields, NebraskaCalvin Jones, IowaJerry Sisemore, Texas
OLRon Yary, USCJonathan Ogden, UCLADean Steinkuhler, Nebraska
CDave Rimington, NebraskaChuck Bednarik, PennJim Ritcher, N.C. State
DTLee Roy Selmon, OklahomaMerlin Olsen, Utah StateSteve Emtman, Washington
DTNdamukong Suh, NebraskaRandy White, MarylandReggie White, Tennessee
DELeon Hart, Notre DameHugh Green, PittsburghBubba Smith, Michigan State
DETed Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)Bruce Smith, Virginia TechJack Youngblood, Florida
LBTommy Nobis, TexasBrian Bosworth, OklahomaJack Ham, Penn State
LBMike Singletary, BaylorDick Butkus, IllinoisLee Roy Jordan, Alabama
LBDerrick Thomas, AlabamaLuke Kuechly, Boston CollegeChris Spielman, Ohio State
DBRonnie Lott, USCChamp Bailey, GeorgiaDré Bly, North Carolina
DBDeion Sanders, Florida StateKenny Easley, UCLADave Brown, Michigan
DBJack Tatum, Ohio StateJerry Gray, TexasTroy Polamalu, USC
DBCharles Woodson, MichiganEd Reed, Miami (Fla.)Roy Williams, Oklahoma
PRay Guy, Southern MissRussell Erxleben, TexasRohn Stark, Florida State
KKevin Butler, GeorgiaMason Crosby, ColoradoTony Franklin, Texas A&M
RSjohnny Rodgers, NebraskaRaghib Ismail, Notre DameDerek Abney, Kentucky


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