Digital Postcard No. 5: The FWAA’s 1970 All-America Team

(Ed. Note: This is the fifth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)  



In 1970, the soap opera “All My Children” debuted on Jan. 5 on ABC…  Farmers sued Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused in “Woodstock” … Curt Flood files a lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause … The movie “M*A*S*H” starring Donald Sullivan and Elliott Gould is released … Arthur Ashe won the Australian Open … Pete Maravich becomes the first to score 3,000 points in college basketball – without the 3-point line … a U.S. postage stamp costs 6 cents … The Beatles disband … Apollo 13 crew survives an accident in space and splashes down on April 17.

Airplane crashes involving players, coaches and administrators from Marshall and Wichita State football teams marred this season … This was the first season schools were allowed to schedule 11 regular season games … Joe Theismann threw for over 500 yards in a hard rain, but Notre Dame lost for the first time in the final game of the regular season, 38-28, to USC … The No. 6 Irish beat No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl, and No. 2 Ohio State lost to Stanford (and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jim Plunkett) in the Rose Bowl. That set up No. 3 Nebraska to beat No. 5 LSU in the Orange Bowl to win the national title … Ohio State’s Jim Stillwagon won the Outland Trophy … Big-name FWAA All-Americans included Dan Dierdorf (Michigan), Tom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Jack Youngblood (Florida), Jack Ham (Penn State) and John Tatum (Ohio State) … Northwestern’s 6-4 record (6-1 in Big Ten) earned Alex Agase  FWAA Coach of the Year honors.

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Bob Hope Video of the 1970 team:


Top-ranked Texas fumbled nine times, losing five, and Notre Dame ended UT’s bid for a national title – along with the Longhorns’ 30-game winning streak – with a 24-11 payback victory. All the scoring was done in the first half. Texas’ All-American running back Steve Worster was limited to 42 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Eddie Phillips did the most damage, rushing for 164 yards on 23 carries and throwing for 199 (9 of 17). ND’s Joe Theismann threw for a TD (26 yards to Tom Gatewood) and ran for two (15 and 3 yards).

1970 FWAA Selectors

  • Steve Weller, Buffalo Evening News
  • George McClelland, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
  • Tom McEwen, Tampa Tribune
  • Si Burick, Dayton News
  • Volney Meece, Daily Oklahoman
  • Burle Petitt, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
  • Don Fair, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Carl Porter, Tucson Daily Citizen