"That depends on what is done with All-America honors or a Phi Beta Kappa
key. If the Phi Bete is disciplined and knows how to apply his knowledge, the
key is preferable. But the All-America is a vibrant personality. His reputation
and personality will take him far if he is disciplined."
"The Phi Beta Kappa key. Seldom does an All-America step ahead of a Phi
Bete. Football is a great game. Those playing it are good sportsmen. I mean no
reflection when I say that only a few years ago 'football tramp' was a common
sports expression, now seldom heard."
"The Phi Beta Kappa key. A woman can get by being dumb and beautiful, but
not a man. Anytime these days most things may be destroyed in an atomic war.
Knowledge is the one thing that will remain. Knowledge to start over and
rebuild. Our Phi Beta Kappas will be our greatest asset."
"The Phi Beta Kappas and the All-Americas usually go farther than most
college men. As an educator, I may be prejudiced, but I think the key is more
valuable. Not the key itself, but the knowledge gained and how to use
knowledge. Of course, a man can have both. That's ideal."
ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK
"Each year approximately 5,000 persons win their Phi Beta Kappa keys.
Collectively, they should go far in life and exert a great influence. But there
are only 11 All-Americas each year. They also must be very intelligent.
Percentagewise, it's better to be an All-America, I think."
In my business I'd rather have the All America. His reputation gives him an
entree. Everyone wants to help him. His All-America tag is a valuable sales
tool. In today's complicated football, the All-America must have a keen mind to
be one of the chosen 11."
NEW YORK World
"Usually, the bigger the bulk, the smaller the brain. But when you get a
great player with a big brain, you have the great leader. I was an All-Western
at the age of 16. If someone had offered me an All-America selection for my Phi
Beta Kappa key, it would have been a great temptation."
"The All-America. He is a natural leader. Since Walter Camp selected his
first mythical team in 1889, there have been 704 All-Americas. During the same
period, approximately 135,000 have won Phi Beta Kappa keys. A much greater
percentage of the 704 football stars have become leaders."
MIAMI BEACH, FLA.
"The All-America tag opens more doors than the Phi Beta Kappa key. When I
was getting supplies moving along the Burma Road in the last war, the Phi Betes
never impressed me the way the All-Americas did. A friend of mine lost his Phi
Beta Kappa key in a crap game."