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For choosing a conventional All-America football team from the headline performers of a dozen fall Saturdays, football coaches and sportswriters are the authorities hallowed by custom and good sense. In SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Silver Anniversary All-America the criterion is achievement in career and citizenship stretching over a generation. The judging involves values as broad as American life itself and calls for a different kind of expert. This year's judges (see pictures) are sound authorities on achievement, representing in their own persons a cross section of distinguished American accomplishment.
The task of the judges was to study the citations advanced by 75 American colleges and universities in behalf of 75 senior football lettermen of 25 seasons ago, and to select the most outstanding 25. It was a taxing assignment. "If I had unlimited choices," wrote one judge, expressing the reaction of most, "I would vote for all 75, for all of them have made something real of their lives."
For the men the judges picked—the Silver Anniversary award winners of 1957—turn the page.
WILLIAM M. ALLEN
S. C. ALLYN
LEE H. BRISTOL
DAVID R. CALHOUN
LESTER L. COLBERT
RAYMOND C. FIRESTONE