American Football Database

The 1917 College Football All-America team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-America Teams selected by various organizations in 1917. The organizations that chose the teams included Collier's Weekly selected by Walter Camp.


  • WC = Collier's Weekly as selected by Walter Camp[1]
  • WE = Walter Eckersall, of the Chicago Tribune[2]
  • JV = Jack Veiock, International News Service (INS) sports editor[3]
  • PP = Paul Purman, noted sports writer whose All-American team was syndicated in newspapers across the United States[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
  • INS = International News Service[12]
  • NEA = Newspaper Editors Association[12]
  • MS = Frank Menke Syndicate, by Frank G. Menke[12]
  • Bold - Consensus All-American[13]
  • 1 - First Team Selection
  • 2 - Second Team Selection
  • 3 - Third Team Selection

All-Americans of 1917


  • Charles Bolen, Ohio State (WC–1; MS; WE-1; JV-2; PP-1)
  • Paul Robeson, Rutgers (WC–2; MS; JV-2; PP-2)
  • Ernest H. Von Helmburg, Navy (WC–1; NEA; PP-1)
  • Clifford Carlson, Pittsburgh (WE-1; JV-1)
  • Henry Miller, Penn (INS; JV-1)
  • Hager, West Virginia (WC–2; PP-2)
  • Carroll, W&J (WE-2)
  • Siller, Pennsylvania (WE-2)


  • Alfred Cobb, Syracuse (WC–1; INS; NEA; WE-2; JV-1; PP-1)
  • George Hauser, Minnesota (WC–1; INS; NEA; WE-1; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Ernest Hubka, Nebraska (WC–2; JV-2; PP-2)
  • Williams, Oregon (WC–2; JV-2; PP-2)
  • Walker Carpenter, Georgia Tech (MS)
  • Wilbur Henry, Washington & Jefferson (MS)
  • McCord, Georgia Tech (WE-1)
  • Murphy, Dartmouth (WE-2)


  • Dale Seis, Pittsburgh (WC-1; NEA; MS; PP-1)
  • Frank Culver, Michigan (WC–1; NEA; JV-2; PP-1)
  • Gault, Georgia Tech (WE-1)
  • Crabb, Brown (WE-1)
  • Jock Sutherland, Pitt (INS; JV-1)
  • Eugene Neeley, Dartmouth (INS; JV-1)
  • Lane, California (WC–2; JV-2; PP-2)
  • Dieter, Pennsylvania (WC–2; PP-2)
  • C.G. Higgins, Chicago (MS; WE-2)
  • U____, Northwestern (WE-2)


  • Frank Rydzewski, Notre Dame (WC–1; INS; NEA; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Russell Bailey, West Virginia (MS; WE-1; JV-2)
  • Alex Wray, Pennsylvania (WC–2; PP-2)
  • Oscar P. Lambert, Michigan (WE-2)


  • Everett Strupper, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC–1; NEA; MS; JV-2 [hb]; PP-1)
  • Archie Weston, Michigan (WE-1)
  • Benny Boynton, Williams (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS; MS; JV-1)
  • Ingram, Navy (WC–2; JV-2 [hb]; PP-2)
  • Brennan, Fordham (WE-2)
  • Hill, Georgia Tech (JV-2)


  • Elmer Oliphant, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC–1; INS; NEA; MS; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Chic Harley, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC–1; INS; NEA; WE-1; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Joe Guyon, Georgia Tech (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (WC–2; PP-2)
  • "Scrubby" McCreight, Washington & Jefferson (WC–2; PP-2)
  • Hoffman, Cornell (WE-2)
  • James J. Drummey, Tufts (WE-2)


  • Joseph Howard Berry, Jr., Pennsylvania (WC–1; NEA; WE-1; JV-2; PP-1)
  • George "Tank" McLaren, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC–2; INS; MS; WE-1 [HB]; JV-1; PP-2)
  • Bob Koehler, Northwestern (WE-2)


  1. "Championship Teams Picked for Season". Fort Wayne Sentinel. 1917-11-29.
  2. ""All" Teams Picked By Walter Eckersall". Lincoln Daily Star,. 1917-12-16.
  3. Jack Veiock (1917-12-11). "Veiock's All-American Elevens for 1917 Season". Logansport Pharos-Reporter.
  4. Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Times-Tribune All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Waterloo Times-Tribune.
  5. Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sentinel All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". The Fort Wayne Sentinel.
  6. "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sheboygan Press All-American Team For 1917 Season". Sheboygan Press. 1917-11-30.
  7. "The East, West and South Give Greatest Stars To The News Special All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Des Moines Daily News. 1917-11-29.
  8. "Purman's 1917 'All-American' Team". The Daily Alaska Dispatch. 1917-12-11.
  9. "Captain Hauser Picked for Team: Paul Purnam, Special Writer, Gives Tackle Position to Gopher Captain". The Duluth News Tribune. 1917-12-04.
  10. "East, West, South Give Stars to Purman's All-American Team". Albuquerque Morning Journal. 1917-12-03.
  11. "East West South Give Stars to the Hearld All American Football Team for 1917 Season". Grand Forks Herald. 1917-11-30.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1150
  13. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners