Hart, Ismail named to FWAA all-time All-America team

IRISH STEW

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Former Heisman Trophy winner Leon Hart and kick return star Rocket Ismail were Notre Dame’s representatives on the three-team 75th Anniversary All-America squad concocted and announced Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America.

Hart, and end and the 1949 Heisman Trophy winner, was a first-teamer. Ismail, a wide receiver and running back, made the second team as a return specialist.

To be eligible to be named as one of the top 75 college football players of all time, candidates had to be named to at least one FWAA All-America team during their playing days.

Nebraska led all schools with six selections, including four on the first team. Ohio State and Pittsburgh each had five selections, while and Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas had four. Schools with three selections were Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and USC.

A nomination ballot with selected players from all FWAA All-America teams was sent to the entire membership this spring. The popular vote was then taken into consideration by a Blue Ribbon Committee of FWAA past presidents, current board members and officers.

That committee put the finishing touches on selecting the 75-man team.

75th ANNIVERSARY FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Roger Staubach, Navy

RB Archie Griffin, Ohio State

RB Herschel Walker, Georgia

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh

WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State

TE Keith Jackson, Oklahoma

OL John Hannah, Alabama

OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State

OL Will Shields, Nebraska

OL Ron Yary, USC

C Dave Rimington, Nebraska

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DT Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma

DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

DE Leon Hart, Notre Dame

DE Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)

LB Tommy Nobis, Texas

LB Mike Singletary, Baylor

LB Derrick Thomas, Alabama

DB Ronnie Lott, USC

DB Deion Sanders, Florida State

DB Jack Tatum, Ohio State

DB Charles Woodson, Michigan

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS

P Ray Guy, Southern Miss

K Kevin Butler, Georgia

RS Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Tim Tebow, Florida

RB Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh

RB Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State

WR Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State

WR Randy Moss, Marshall

TE Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh

OL Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh

OL John Hicks, Ohio State

OL Calvin Jones, Iowa

OL Jonathan Ogden, UCLA

C Chuck Bednarik, Penn

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DT Merlin Olsen, Utah State

DT Randy White, Maryland

DE Hugh Green, Pittsburgh

DE Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech

LB Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma

LB Dick Butkus, Illinois

LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

DB Champ Bailey, Georgia

DB Kenny Easley, UCLA

DB Jerry Gray, Texas

DB Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.)

SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS

P Russell Erxleben, Texas

K Mason Crosby, Colorado

RS Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB Tommie Frazier, Nebraska

RB Bo Jackson, Auburn

RB Doak Walker, SMU

WR Anthony Carter, Michigan

WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech

TE Gordon Hudson, BYU

OL Barrett Jones, Alabama

OL Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech

OL Jerry Sisemore, Texas

OL Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska

C Jim Ritcher, N.C. State

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DT Steve Emtman, Washington

DT Reggie White, Tennessee

DE Bubba Smith, Michigan State

DE Jack Youngblood, Florida

LB Jack Ham, Penn State

LB Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama

LB Chris Spielman, Ohio State

DB Dré Bly, North Carolina

DB Dave Brown, Michigan

DB Troy Polamalu, USC

DB Roy Williams, Oklahoma

THIRD TEAM SPECIALISTS

P Rohn Stark, Florida State

K Tony Franklin, Texas A&M

RS Derek Abney, Kentucky

Former Notre Dame end Leon Hart, one of only two linemen to win the Heisman Trophy, was joined by Rocket Ismail on the FWAA's 75th Anniversary All-America team as two of the greatest 75 college football players of all time. (Photo courtesy of Notre Dame)