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Nebraska lands six players on FWAA’s 75th anniversary All-America teams

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, shown in 1988 as a member of the Alabama football team.
Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, shown in 1988 as a member of the Alabama football team. Associated Press file photo

The Football Writers Association of America picked its 75th anniversary All-America teams, and a couple of Chiefs players were on the first team.

While no players were selected from Missouri, Kansas or K-State for the three teams, Derrick Thomas (of Alabama) and Will Shields (of Nebraska) were among the first-team selections.

Shields was one of six Cornhuskers chosen, and that was the most for any school. Ohio State and Pittsburgh had five each, while Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama each had four.

Willie Roaf (Louisiana Tech) and former Royals outfielder Bo Jackson (Auburn) were third-team selections.

“Picking the FWAA’s 75th Anniversary teams was like taking a final exam with no wrong answers,” FWAA president Lee Barfknecht said in a news release. “Even though some answers may be more ‘right’ than others, this will add to the colorful conversation about college football, honor those chosen, and help celebrate the game.”

These teams certainly will be open for debate. Take a look:

POS

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

THIRD TEAM

QB

Roger Staubach, Navy

Tim Tebow, Florida

Tommie Frazier, Nebraska

RB

Archie Griffin, Ohio State

Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh

Bo Jackson, Auburn

RB

Herschel Walker, Georgia

Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State

Doak Walker, SMU

WR

Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh

Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State

Anthony Carter, Michigan

WR

Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State

Randy Moss, Marshall

Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech

TE

Keith Jackson, Oklahoma

Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh

Gordon Hudson, BYU

OL

John Hannah, Alabama

Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh

Barrett Jones, Alabama

OL

Orlando Pace, Ohio State

John Hicks, Ohio State

Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech

OL

Will Shields, Nebraska

Calvin Jones, Iowa

Jerry Sisemore, Texas

OL

Ron Yary, USC

Jonathan Ogden, UCLA

Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska

C

Dave Rimington, Nebraska

Chuck Bednarik, Penn

Jim Ritcher, N.C. State

DEFENSE

POS

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

THIRD TEAM

DT

Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma

Merlin Olsen, Utah State

Steve Emtman, Washington

DT

Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

Randy White, Maryland

Reggie White, Tennessee

DE

Leon Hart, Notre Dame

Hugh Green, Pittsburgh

Bubba Smith, Michigan State

DE

Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)

Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech

Jack Youngblood, Florida

LB

Tommy Nobis, Texas

Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma

Jack Ham, Penn State

LB

Mike Singletary, Baylor

Dick Butkus, Illinois

Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama

LB

Derrick Thomas, Alabama

Luke Kuechly, Boston College

Chris Spielman, Ohio State

DB

Ronnie Lott, USC

Champ Bailey, Georgia

Dré Bly, North Carolina

DB

Deion Sanders, Florida State

Kenny Easley, UCLA

Dave Brown, Michigan

DB

Jack Tatum, Ohio State

Jerry Gray, Texas

Troy Polamalu, USC

DB

Charles Woodson, Michigan

Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.)

Roy Williams, Oklahoma

SPECIALISTS

POS

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

THIRD TEAM

P

Ray Guy, Southern Miss

Russell Erxleben, Texas

Rohn Stark, Florida State

K

Kevin Butler, Georgia

Mason Crosby, Colorado

Tony Franklin, Texas A&M

RS

Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska

Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame

Derek Abney, Kentucky

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