1898 College Football All-America Team

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Penn guard Truxtun Hare also won the silver medal in the hammer throw in the 1900 Summer Olympics.

The 1898 College Football All-America team is composed of American football players who were selected as the best players at their positions by various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams that season. The organizations that chose the teams included Collier's Weekly selected by Walter Camp and the Syracuse Herald.

The 1898 season marked the first time players from the west were named to the All-American teams. Michigan center William Cunningham and Chicago fullback Clarence Herschberger were the first two western players to receive the recognition. Prior to 1898, all of the prior All-America football teams had been selected from among five Ivy League teams – Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Penn, and Cornell.[1]


Michigan's William Cunningham (pictured) and Chicago's Clarence Herschberger were the first two players from western schools to be named to the All-America team.

Bold = Consensus All-American[1]

All-Americans of 1898[edit]


  • Lew Palmer, Princeton (WC-1; CW-1; NYS-1; NYET-1; OUT-2; LES-1)
  • John Hallowell, Harvard (WC-1; CW-1; NYS-1; NYET-1; OUT-2; LES-2)
  • N. T. Folwell, Penn (WC-3; H)
  • Art Poe, Princeton (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; H; OUT-1; LES-1)
  • Francis Douglas Cochrane, Harvard (WC-2; OUT-1)
  • Walter Smith, Army (WC-3)
  • Chadwell, Williams (LES-2)


Gordon "Skim" Brown of Yale captained the 1900 Yale football team which was referred to as the "Team of the Century".



  • Pete Overfield, Penn (WC-1; H; NYS-1; NYET-1; OUT-1; LES-1)
  • William Cunningham, Michigan (WC-2; CW-1)
  • Percy Malcolm Jaffrey, Harvard (WC-3; OUT-2)
  • Booth, Princeton (LES-2)


Harvard quarterback Charles Dudley Daly later served as Boston's Fire Commissioner.


  • Benjamin Dibblee, Harvard (WC-1; CW-1; H; NYS-1; NYET-1; OUT-1; LES-1)
  • John H. Outland, Penn (namesake of the Outland Trophy) (WC-1; NYET-1; OUT-1)
  • Malcolm McBride, Yale (CW-1)
  • Leicester Warren, Harvard (WC-2; NYS-1)
  • Richardson, Brown (WC-2; LES-2)
  • Allen E. Whiting, Cornell (OUT-2; LES-2)
  • Alfred H. Durston, Yale (OUT-2)
  • Raymond Benedict, Nebraska (WC-3)
  • Raymond, Wesleyan (WC-3)
Clarence Herschberger of Chicago.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Camp's 1898 All-America Teams". Evening Independent. 1930-11-21. 
  3. ^ "All-American Eleven of 1898". Harper's Weekly. 1898. 
  4. ^ "All-American Eleven". Sunday Herald. 1898-11-27. 
  5. ^ "All American Team What Janeway of Princeton Thinks of This Year's Football Players". New Haven Evening Register. 1898-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Another All-American Team". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 1898-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Football" (PDF). The Outing Magazine. 
  8. ^ "All-America Addendum" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. February 2001.