Digital Postcard No. 9: The FWAA’s 1983 All-America Team

(Ed. Note: This is the ninth 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 1983…. A record 125 million watched the final episode of M*A*S*H*…Motown celebrated its 25-year anniversary…First mobile phones were released by Motorola…A Ford Mustang cost $6,572.00….U.S. Unemployment rose to 12 million, highest since 1941.

The FWAA All-America Team featured three offensive players from Nebraska: running back Mike Rozier, wingback Irving Fryar and offensive lineman Dean Steinkuhler.  It marked the third straight season, a Nebraska player captured the Outland Trophy after Dave Rimington’s back-to-back in 1981 and 1982.  Auburn’s Bo Jackson, who later would win the Heisman in 1985 and become a professional baseball-football star after college, was also on the team as a sophomore.

Bo Jackson video:

There was plenty of firepower on defense on this FWAA team as well: Tennessee’s Reggie White, Clemson’s William Perry (The Refrigerator) and Cal’s Ron Rivera. Miami’s Howard Schnellenberger claimed the FWAA’s Coach of the Year Award.


Georgia defeated previously unbeaten Texas, 10-9, in a Classic at Fair Park.  A fumbled punt by Texas in the fourth quarter led to Georgia’s winning points on the ensuing drive.  But Miami would be the consensus national champion after besting top-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl when the Cornhuskers’ last-gasp rally fell short on a missed two-point conversion.

Orange Bowl ending:

Your 1983 FWAA Selectors

  • Arnie Burdick, Syracuse Herald-Journal
  • Wilt Browning, Greensboro Daily News
  • Al Ludwick, Augusta Chronicle-Herald
  • Ish Haley, Dallas Times-Herald
  • Steve Richardson, Kansas City Star-Times
  • Pat Harmon, Cincinnati Post
  • Dick Rosetta, Salt Lake City Tribune
  • Bob Hurt, Arizona Republic
  • Bob Hentzen, Topeka Capital-Journal