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The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is one of the organizations whose College Football All-America Team is recognized by the NCAA. The organization also selects the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, the Outland Trophy winner, the Grantland Rice Award winner, a freshman All-America team, and weekly defensive player of the week, as well as developing scholarship programs and surveys for better working conditions. Since 1954, the association has awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy to the college football team they choose to be the National Champion.


The FWAA, composed of approximately 850 sports writers from both print and Internet media outlets, strives for better working conditions for sports writers in college football press boxes, and deals with access issues to college athletes and coaches.

Celebrating its 66th year, the Football Writers Association of America consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and an All-America team. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest.

All-America Committees

The Football Writers Association of America All-America Committee selects the 25-man All-America Team and the winners of the Bronko Nagurski and Outland trophies. In the spring, the committee selects the FWAA All-America Watch List and the watch lists for both of the FWAA's major player awards. The FWAA has chosen an All-America Team annually since the 1944 season; it is the second longest continuously-published team in major college football.

2009 Committee

2008 Committee

2007 Committee

2006 Committee

Bert McGrane Award Winners

Presented to a member of the FWAA for "outstanding contribution to the organization".

1974 Charley Johnson, Minneapolis Star

1975 Wilfrid Smith, Chicago Tribune

1976 Paul Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times

1977 Dick Cullum, Minneapolis Tribune

1978 Wilbur Evans, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

1979 Tom Siler, Knoxville News-Sentinel

1980 Maury White, Des Moines Register

1981 Fred Russell, Nashville Banner

1982 Furman Bisher, Atlanta Journal

1983 John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune

1984 Si Burick, Dayton News

1985 Blackie Sherrod, The Dallas Morning News

1986 Raymond Johnson, Nashville Tennessean

1987 Tim Cohane, Look Magazine

1988 Dave Campbell, Waco Tribune Herald

1989 Jim Brock, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

1990 Jack Hairston, Gainesville Sun

1991 Murray Olderman, Newspaper Enterprise Association

1992 Volney Meece, The Daily Oklahoman

1993 Bob Hentzen, Topeka Capital Journal

1994 Edgar Allen, Nashville Journal

1995 Dick Herbert, Raleigh News & Observer

1996 Bob Hammel, Bloomington Herald-Times

1997 Bill Lumpkin, Birmingham Post-Herald

1998 Don Bryant, University of Nebraska

1999 Field Scovell, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

2000 Jimmie McDowell, All-American Football Foundation

2001 Edwin Pope, Miami Herald

2002 Orville Henry, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

2003 Dan Foster, Greenville News

2004 Pat Harmon, Cincinnati Post

2005 Steve Richardson, FWAA Executive Director

2006 John Junker, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

2007 Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe

2008 Claude Felton, University of Georgia

2009 Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All-Time Teams

Selected by the Football Writers Association of America for the centennial year of college football in 1969. An Early Era team was chose that featured Jim Thorpe, a modern team (1919-68) and a Quarter-Century team that was chosen in 1994, 25 years ofter the college football centennial celebration.

1969-1994 All-America Team


C – Dave Rimington, Nebraska

G - John Hannah, Alabamamarker

G – Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska

T – Bill Fralic, Pittsburghmarker

T – Jerry Sisemore, Texasmarker

TE – Keith Jackson, Oklahomamarker

WR – Anthony Carter, Michiganmarker

WR – Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley

QB – John Elway, Stanfordmarker

RB – Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh

RB – Herschel Walker, University of Georgiamarker

K – Tony Franklin, Texas A&Mmarker

KR – Johnny Rogers, Nebraska


DE – Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahomamarker

DE – Jack Youngblood, Floridamarker

DT – Steve Emtman, Washington

DT – Randy White, Maryland

LB – Hugh Green, Pittsburgh

LB – Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina

MLB – Mike Singletary, Baylor

DB – Deion Sanders, Florida State

DB – Ronnie Lott, Southern California

DB – Jack Tatum, Ohio State

DB – Kenny Easley, UCLA

P- Ray Guy – Southern Mississippi

1919-1968 Modern Era All-America Team

E – Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan

E – Don Hutson, Alabama

L – Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota

L – Bruiser Kinard, Mississippi

L – Jim Parker, Ohio State

L – Bob Suffridge, Tennessee

C – Mel Hein, Washington State

B – Sammy Baugh, Texas Christian

B – Jay Berwanger, Chicago

B – Ernie Nevers, Stanford

B – Red Grange, Illinois

1869-1918 Early Era All-America Team

E – Frank Hinkey, Yale

E – Huntington Hardwick, Harvard

T – Josh Cody, Vanderbilt

T – Wilbur Henry, Washington and Jefferson

G – Pudge Heffelfinger,Yale

G – Truxton Hare, Pennsylvania

C – Germany Schulz, Michigan

B – Jim Thorpe, Carlisle

B – Elmer Oliphant, Purdue

B – Willie Heston, Michigan

B – Walter Eckersall, Chicago

Awards Sponsored

Currently the FWAA sponsors seven awards and those are affiliated with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).


  1. FWAA > Awards at

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