An All-America team is an honorary sports team made up of great amateur players—those deemed the finest players of a certain season for each team position—who are granted the honorific "All-America" and are sometimes referred to as "All-American athletes" or simply "All-Americans." The teams are selected by various organizations that compile annual polls of their own. These organizations may use any criteria they choose for making these determinations, such as player ratings produced by independent agencies like ESPN Sports Radio or CBS Sports College Basketball Nation.
The term was originally used in college football to describe players from outside the Big Ten Conference who were chosen as first-team players on the 1898 College Football All-America Team. In 1930, the American Association of University Professors established itself as the leading authority on academic standards in athletics by selecting an All-America team. The following year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) began publishing its own all-America teams based on voting results from its members. The NCAA All-America team is now selected by a panel of journalists and broadcasters that includes two former national champions from different sports: Gary St. John of the Tampa Bay Times and David Scott of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The first women's All-America team was named in 1971 by Betty O'Neill, then president of the AAUW. That team is considered the official beginning of women's basketball all-America teams.
An All-America squad is a fictitious American sports team made up of exceptional amateur athletes. The media and other relevant observers generally regard these individuals as the top players in a certain sport, for a specific two-season period, for each team position. They are selected by various organizations including the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today.
The AP has chosen the following college football players as its annual All-Americans: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943. United States Football Association (USFA) selects its own All-Americans. From 1944 to 1950, it selected an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team. From 1951 to 1953, it selected national champions instead. In 1954, it stopped selecting teams and started again in 1975. Currently, the USFA selects first-team players on offense and defense, and second-team players at key positions. The College Football Hall of Fame honors its members every year.
Here are the all-time selections made by the AP: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943.
All-America squad An All-America squad is a honorary designation bestowed to excellent U.S. athletes playing at the collegiate and secondary school levels in a certain sport during a given year. The word originally referred to a select group of collegiate gridiron football players. All-Americans are athletes who have been picked for an All-America squad. There are several different all-star teams that are selected each year by various organizations. These teams then vote on which athletes they believe should be named to an All-America team.
The first All-America team was selected by Caspar Whitney in the 1902 college football season for the College Football Hall of Fame. Since then, many other All-America teams have been selected. Today, many newspapers and media outlets include an All-America team in their sports sections every year. Additionally, an All-American Bowl is held each year to determine the best high school football players in the country.
An All-American can be any player who has been chosen as good enough to be included on an All-America team. Some positions not eligible for inclusion on an All-America team are center or guard in football, pitcher or catcher in baseball, and point guard or shooting guard in basketball. Also ineligible are students who have played four years of varsity baseball or softball and three years of varsity football or soccer and two years of varsity track or field.
All-America squad: Made up of the best players at their positions. Honorable mention All-Americans (HM) are included for comparison purposes only.
The term "all-American" can be applied to many different types of athletes. An all-American player is one who is regarded as one of the best at his or her position. Usually, but not always, all-American players are members of National Football League (NFL) teams. However, some players who are not drafted into the NFL can still have successful careers by playing in other countries. Indeed, many famous people have been elected as all-Americans during their college years before going on to great achievements in other fields. Some examples include Bill Russell and Larry Bird, both basketball players; Barry Sanders, a running back; and Joe Montana, a quarterback.
There are two types of all-American teams: national and conference. A national all-American team is selected by the NCAA at the end of each year based on voting by member schools of that organization. Conference all-Americans are chosen by individual colleges or universities that belong to those organizations. For example, the College Football Hall of Fame selects its own all-America team.
An award awarded to professional American football players that recognizes the greatest player at each position during a particular season. The award was created in 1990 by sports marketing company NFL Properties and is sponsored by Nike.
The All-Pro team consists of the best players at each position as selected by members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Voters can choose any player who has been retired for more than 10 years but should focus on choices more recently released from retirement.
In addition to choosing players, voters also select first and second teams. These lists are used to create an overall All-Time Team which will be announced after the 2019 season.
Here are this year's All-Pro selections: quarterback | Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo; wide receiver | New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. ; offensive tackle | Los Angeles Rams Andrew Whitworth; and center | Atlanta Falcons Ryan Kerrigan.
Romo led the league in passing yards last season while playing in only 12 games due to injury. The 33-year-old has already announced his intention to retire after the 2019 season.
Beckham finished second in the voting behind only Romo.