The Football Writers Association of America is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Today, the group released a 75th Anniversary All-America team. While the FWAA was founded in 1941, it has been releasing an All-America team every year since 1944. Each decade since the FWAA started releasing its teams is represented in the selections.
One of our very own, Jack Ham, was selected to the third team squad. He's no stranger to being honored by the FWAA, as he was an All-America selection in 1970 after tallying 91 tackles and four interceptions that season. Unfortunately, Ham was the only Nittany Lion who got a spot, as Penn State had no first or second-team selections.
Ham had a legendary career in State College, and is arguably the greatest linebacker to ever wear the Blue and White. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee recorded 251 career tackles in Happy Valley, and during his three years as a starter, the Nittany Lions accrued a 29-3 record.
Nebraska led all schools with six selections on the list. Ohio State and 5B had five selections each, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas all had four, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and USC had three, and Florida and Miami both had a pair to round out the 10 schools that were the most well-represented.
Read more about the selection process and see the entire team on the FWAA website.