To college presidents across the U.S. last June went a letter of invitation and challenge: to review the careers of their senior football lettermen of 25 falls ago and to designate the one man who has made the most notable achievement in his chosen field of life and in community service, in the generation since; a man, moreover, deserving national recognition for that achievement.
Such criteria, if simple, are severe. This magazine takes pride in the fact that, for the third year in succession, more than 70 colleges and universities have identified and honored such a man by the act of selection. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has no wish to minimize the long-familiar All-Americas announced every fall. We believe with our own late Herman Hickman, however, that silver anniversary career reviews help to illuminate some of the aims in which athletics, education and American society itself are joined.
To the board of distinguished Americans shown here SPORTS ILLUSTRATED submitted a 200-page dossier book consisting of individual citations exactly as written by the colleges and universities themselves. The 25 men the judges picked as most outstanding of the group—the Silver Anniversary All-America of 1958—are named on the following pages.
CHARLES F. ADAMS
President, the Raytheon Manufacturing Co.
JOHN E. BIERWIRTH
Chairman, National Distillers and Chemical Corp.
President, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Co.
DETLEV W. BRONK
President, the Rockefeller Institute
Investment banker, head of F. Eberstadt & Co.
Vice president, Landis, Pelletier & Parrish, Inc.
GEN. ALFRED M. GRUENTHER
President of the American Red Cross