(Ed. Note: This is the seventh 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 1976, after 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announced his retirement from the NFL…Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for a reported $12 million. … C.W. McCall’s song “Convoy” hit No. 1 on the country music charts. … Jack Nicholson won a Golden Globe Award for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” … TV comedy “Laverne and Shirley” premiered. … Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his 7,000th race. … Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers in the garage of Jobs’ parents. … The movie “All the President’s Men” was released. … Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final homer off Dick Drago of the Angels. … Outbreak of “Legionnaire’s Disease” kills 29 in Philadelphia. … Chicago White Sox suited up in shorts.
Heisman Trophy-winning running back Tony Dorsett led Pittsburgh to the national championship. … Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh and a stubborn Pitt defense dominated fifth-ranked Georgia, 27-3, in the Sugar Bowl to stake the claim to the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy (national title). … USC landed three players on the FWAA All-American team – running back Ricky Bell, defensive lineman Gary Jeter and defensive back Dennis Thurman. … Notre Dame defensive lineman Ross Browner won the Outland Trophy. … Prominent names on the All-American team included quarterback Gifford Nielson (BYU), tight end Ken MacAfee (Notre Dame), kicker Tony Franklin (Texas A&M) and punter Russell Erxleben (Texas).
Go to http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf to see the entire list.
COTTON BOWL NUGGET
In its first season in the Southwest Conference, Houston was able to grab a share of the league title, play in a major bowl game and beat an undefeated team (Maryland) from the Atlantic Coast Conference, 30-21. Running back Alois Blackwell ran for 149 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns to lead the Cougars. Houston, under coach Bill Yeoman, had a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes and never let the Terrapins get within serious striking distance.
1976 FWAA Selectors
- Cooper Rollow, Chicago Tribune
- Norman Miller, New York Daily News
- Charles Karmosky. Newport News Daily Press
- John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune
- Bob Galt, Dallas Times Herald
- Roy Edwards, Memphis Commercial Appeal
- Joe McGuff, Kansas City Star
- Earl Luebker, Tacoma News Tribune
- Regis McAuley, Tucson Daily Citizen.