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1903 College Football All-America Team

The 1903 College Football All-America team is composed of various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams that season. The organizations and individuals that chose the teams included Collier's Weekly selected by Walter Camp, Caspar Whitney for Outing magazine, Charles Chadwick and Fielding H. Yost.

Of the 15 players who have been recognized by the NCAA as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1903 season, 12 played for teams in the Ivy League, and nine played for the "Big Four" teams of the era -- Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Penn. The only three consensus All-Americans from schools outside the Ivy League were tackle Fred Schacht of Minnesota, quarterback James Johnson of Carlisle, and halfback Willie Heston of Michigan.

Five players were selected as first-team All-Americans by at least four of the known selectors: guard John DeWitt of Princeton (5), center Henry Hooper of Dartmouth (5), end Charles D. Rafferty of Yale (5), halfback Willie Heston of Michigan (4), and tackle James Hogan of Yale (4). Hooper, who was a freshman in 1903, died three months after the football season ended, following an attack of appendicitis.[1][2]

In 2008, Sports Illustrated sought to answer the question, "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934?"[3] Its selection for 1903 was Willie Heston of Michigan described as "the nation's finest back."[3]

All-Americans of 1903




  • John DeWitt, Princeton (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; CW-1; FY-1; CC-1; SA-1)
  • Andrew Marshall, Harvard (WC-1; CW-2; FY-2; CC-1)
  • James Bloomer, Yale (CW-1; FY-1; SA-1)
  • Napoleon W. Riley, Army (WC-2)
  • Joseph Gilman, Dartmouth (WC-2; CW-2)
  • Dillon, Princeton (FY-2)
  • Wilson Bertke, Wisconsin (WC-3)
  • Frank Piekarski, Penn (WC-3)


  • Henry Hooper, Dartmouth (WC-1; CW-1; FY-1; CC-1; SA-1)
  • Moses L. Strathern, Minnesota (WC-2)
  • Bruce, Columbia (WC-3)
  • Short, Princeton (CW-2; FY-2)



  • Willie Heston, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; CW-1; FY-1; SA-1)
  • Dana Kafer, Princeton (WC-1; CW-1; FY-2; SA-1)
  • Harold Metcalf, Yale (CC-1)
  • John Donaldson Nichols, Harvard (WC-2; FY-2)
  • Herb Graver, Michigan (WC-3)
  • Thomas F. Stankard, Holy Cross (WC-3)
  • Edward E. Farnsworth, Army (CW-2)
  • James Vaughn, Dartmouth (CW-2)



  • Bold – Consensus All-American[9]
  • 1 – First Team Selection
  • 2 – Second Team Selection
  • 3 – Third Team Selection


  1. ^ "Dartmouth Athlete Dead: Henry Hooper Was Considered Great Football Centre". The New York Times. February 29, 1904. 
  2. ^ "H. J. Hooper's Funeral: Many Students from Dartmouth at Services at Exeter--Beautiful Display of Floral Pieces". Boston Daily Globe. March 3, 1904. p. 2. 
  3. ^ a b Mike Beacom (December 12, 2008). "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934". Sports Illustrated. 
  4. ^ "Walter Camp Names All American Team". The Trenton Times. 1903-12-10. 
  5. ^ Caspar Whitney (January 1904). "The Sportsman's View Point". Outing. p. 477. 
  6. ^ "Picked Football Teams". Grand Traverse Herald. 1903-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Crack Football Eleven". Los Angeles Times. 1903-11-30. 
  8. ^ "The Ideal All-American Team". San Antonio Daily Light. 1903-12-14. 
  9. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
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