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Courtney Martinez | | August 20, 2015

75th Anniversary All-American

The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary team Thursday and the list is loaded with talent that has graced the stage of college football since the organization formed in 1941.

Here's the full selections made by the association:

QB Roger Staubach, Navy Tim Tebow, Florida Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
RB Archie Griffin, Ohio State Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh Bo Jackson, Auburn
RB Herschel Walker, Georgia Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State Doak Walker, SMU
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State Anthony Carter, Michigan
WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State Randy Moss, Marshall Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
TE Keith Jackson, Oklahoma Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh Gordon Hudson, BYU
OL John Hannah, Alabama Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh Barrett Jones, Alabama
OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State John Hicks, Ohio State Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech
OL Will Shields, Nebraska Calvin Jones, Iowa Jerry Sisemore, Texas
OL Ron Yary, USC Jonathan Ogden, UCLA Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska
C Dave Rimington, Nebraska Chuck Bednarik, Penn Jim Ritcher, N.C. State
DT Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma Merlin Olsen, Utah State Steve Emtman, Washington
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska Randy White, Maryland Reggie White, Tennessee
DE Leon Hart, Notre Dame Hugh Green, Pittsburgh Bubba Smith, Michigan State
DE Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.) Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech Jack Youngblood, Florida
LB Tommy Nobis, Texas Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma Jack Ham, Penn State
LB Mike Singletary, Baylor Dick Butkus, Illinois Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama
LB Derrick Thomas, Alabama Luke Kuechly, Boston College Chris Spielman, Ohio State
DB Ronnie Lott, USC Champ Bailey, Georgia Dré Bly, North Carolina
DB Deion Sanders, Florida State Kenny Easley, UCLA Dave Brown, Michigan
DB Jack Tatum, Ohio State Jerry Gray, Texas Troy Polamalu, USC
DB Charles Woodson, Michigan Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.) Roy Williams, Oklahoma
P Ray Guy, Southern Miss Russell Erxleben, Texas Rohn Stark, Florida State
K Kevin Butler, Georgia Mason Crosby, Colorado Tony Franklin, Texas A&M
RS Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame Derek Abney, Kentucky
75th Anniversary All-Americans by school (75 players from 41 schools): Nebraska 6, Ohio State 5, Pittsburgh 5, Alabama 4, Oklahoma 4, Texas 4, Florida State 3, Georgia 3, Michigan 3, USC 3, Florida 2, Miami (Fla.) 2, Notre Dame 2, UCLA 2, Auburn 1, Baylor 1, Boston College 1, BYU 1, Colorado 1, Georgia Tech 1, Illinois 1, Iowa 1, Kentucky 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Marshall 1, Maryland 1, Michigan State 1, Mississippi Valley State 1, Navy 1, North Carolina 1, N.C. State 1, Oklahoma State 1, Penn 1, Penn State 1, SMU 1, Southern Miss 1, Tennessee 1, Texas A&M 1, Utah State 1, Virginia Tech 1, Washington 1.
75th Anniversary All-Americans by current conference: Big Ten Conference 19, Atlantic Coast Conference 15, Southeastern Conference 13, Big 12 Conference 10, Pac-12 Conference 7, Conference USA 3, Independents 3, American Athletic Conference 2, Ivy League 1, Mountain West Conference 1, Southwestern Athletic Conference 1.

The FWAA has a few interesting choices which will surely cause some debate among college football fans, but choosing 75 players over the course of 75 years is no easy task.

The position most likely to stir up debate is the running backs. There is little-to-no argument about whether all six players deserve to be mentioned since each player has won the Heisman and is considered some of the best players of all-time. However, the debate on the order will depend on the fans of each player and team.

Another popular debate will probably surround the quarterback position, mainly the decision to name Tim Tebow as second-team QB.

Other notable selections for the first-team include Jerry Rice--the only FCS player named to the team-- and on the defensive side Deion Sanders, Mike Singletary and Charles Woodson. Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh are the only two first-team selections to have played in the 21st century.

Overall, 41 different schools are represented on the three teams. Nebraska had the most players selected with six All-Americans while Ohio State and Pittsburgh weren't far behind with five selections each.



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