1941 College Football All-America Team
The 1941 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1941. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1941 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, and (9) the Sporting News.
Harvard center Endicott Peabody, who won the 1941 Knute Rockne Award, was the only player to be unanimously named to the first team of all nine official selectors. Dick Wildung of Minnesota and Bob Westfall of Michigan each received eight official first-team designations. Bruce Smith of Minnesota won the 1941 Heisman Trophy and received seven official first-team nominations.
For the year 1941, the NCAA recognizes nine published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.
|Name||Position||School||Number||Official selectors||Other selectors|
|Endicott Peabody||Guard||Harvard||9/9||AAB, AP, CO, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP||CP, NYS, LIFE, PARA, WC|
|Dick Wildung||Tackle||Minnesota||8/9||AAB, AP, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP||CP, LIFE, PARA, WC|
|Bob Westfall||Fullback||Michigan||8/9||AAB, CO, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP||CP, NYS, PARA, WC|
|Frankie Albert||Quarterback||Stanford||7/9||AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, NW, SN||CP, LIFE, PARA, WC|
|Bruce Smith||Halfback||Minnesota||7/9||AAB, AP, CO, INS, NW, SN, UP||CP, NYS, LIFE, PARA, WC|
|Holt Rast||End||Alabama||6/9||AAB, INS, LIB, SN, NW, UP||CP, LIFE, PARA, WC|
|Darold Jenkins||Center||Missouri||6/9||AAB, AP, NEA, NW, SN, UP||CP, NYS, WC|
|Bob Dove||End||Notre Dame||5/9||AAB, INS, NEA, NW, UP||LIFE; WC|
|Ernie Blandin||Tackle||Tulane||5/9||CO, LIB, NEA, NW, UP||NYS|
|Bill Dudley||Halfback||Virginia||5/9||AP, CO, LIB, NW, UP||NYS|
|Frank Sinkwich||Halfback||Georgia||5/9||AAB, AP, LIB, SN, UP||CP, LIFE, WC|
|Ray Frankowski||Guard||Washington||4/9||AAB, NEA, NW, UP||LIFE, WC|
All-American selections for 1941
- Holt Rast, Alabama (AAB-1; AP-2; INS-1; LIB; NEA-2; SN; NW; UP-1; CP-1; LIFE-1; PARA; WC-1)
- Bob Dove, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-3; INS-1; NEA-1; NW; UP-1; LIFE-1; WC-1)
- Malcolm Kutner, Texas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; INS-2; CO-1; CP-2. LIFE-2)
- Dave Schreiner, Wisconsin (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1)
- Joe Blalock, Clemson (SN; UP-2; CP-1, LIFE-3)
- John Rokisky, Duquesne (AP-2; INS-2; NEA-1; CO-1; CP-2; PARA)
- Jim Lansing, Fordham (LIB; CP-3)
- Nick Susoeff, Washington State (AP-3)
- Bob Froude, Navy (UP-2)
- Sterling, Texas A&M (NEA-2)
- Bob Motl, Northwestern (NEA-3)
- Alyn Beals, Santa Clara (NEA-3)
- Billy Henderson, Texas A&M (CP-3, LIFE-2)
- Dale Gentry, Washington State (LIFE-3)
- Dick Wildung, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; INS-1; LIB; NEA-1; NW; SN; UP-1; CP-1; LIFE-1; PARA; WC-1)
- Ernie Blandin, Tulane (AP-2; CO-1; INS-2; LIB; NEA-1; NW; UP-1; NYS-1)
- Bob Reinhard, California (AP-1; UP-2; INS-1; NEA-2; CO-1; CP-3; PARA, LIFE-2)
- Alf Bauman, Northwestern (AAB-1; AP-2; INS-2; NEA-2; SN; CP-2; LIFE-1)
- Jim Daniell, Ohio State (CP-1)
- Al Wistert, Michigan (UP-2; CP-2, LIFE-2)
- Gene Flathmann, Navy (CP-2)
- Bill Chewning, Navy (AP-3; NEA-3)
- Mike Karmazin, Duke (AP-3, LIFE-2 [as G])
- Floyd Spendlove, Utah (NEA-3)
- Paul Lillis, Notre Dame (CP-3, LIFE-3)
- John Whyonic, Alabama (LIFE-3)
- Endicott Peabody, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; CO-1; INS-1; LIB; NEA-1; NW; SN; UP-1; CP-1; NYS-1; LIFE-1; PARA; WC-1)
- Ray Frankowski, Washington (AAB-1; AP-2; INS-2; NEA-1; NW; UP-1; LIFE-1; WC-1)
- Chal Daniel, Texas (AP-3; INS-1; NEA-3; SN; CP-1, LIFE-3)
- Ralph Fife, Pittsburgh (AP-1; UP-2; NEA-2; CP-3, LIFE-2)
- Bernard Crimmins, Notre Dame (CO-1; LIB; INS-2; NEA-2; UP-2; PARA)
- Martin Ruby, Texas A&M (CP-2)
- Ted Ramsey, SMU (AP-2)
- Tom Melton, Purdue (AP-3)
- Pfister, Harvard (NEA-3)
- Art Goforth, Rice (CP-3)
- Urban Odson, Minnesota (LIFE-3)
- Darold Jenkins, Missouri (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; INS-2; NEA-1; NW; SN; UP-1; CP-1; NYS-1; WC-1, LIFE-2)
- Vince Banonis, Detroit (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; CO-1; INS-1; LIB; NEA-2; PARA)
- Al DeMao, Duquesne (UP-2; NEA-3; LIFE-1)
- Quentin Greenough, Oregon State (AP-2, LIFE-3)
- Vic Lindskog, Stanford (CP-2)
- Bob Gude, Vanderbilt (CP-3)
- Frankie Albert, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; CO-1; INS-1; NEA-1; NW; SN; UP-2; CP-1; LIFE-1; PARA; WC-1)
- Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (CP-2)
- Billy Hillenbrand, Indiana (CP-2, LIFE-2)
- Bill Sewell, Washington State (AP-3; NEA-3)
- Bruce Smith, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; CO-1; INS-1; NEA-2; NW; SN; UP-1; CP-1; NYS-1; LIFE; PARA; WC-1, LIFE-1)
- Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-1; INS-2; LIB; NEA-3; SN; UP-1; CP-1; LIFE; WC-1, LIFE-1)
- Bill Dudley, Virginia (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; CO-1; INS-2; LIB; NEA-2; NW; UP-1 [qb]; CP-2; NYS-1, LIFE-3)
- Jack Crain, Texas (AP-2; UP-2; NEA-2; CP-3; LIFE-1)
- Jimmy Nelson, Alabama (AP-3; NEA-3; CP-3)
- Derace Moser, Texas A&M (AP-2; INS-2; NEA-1; CP-3)
- Jack Jenkins, Vanderbilt (AP-3)
- Bill Busik, Navy (LIFE-2)
- Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (LIFE-2)
- Hank Mazur, Army (LIFE-3)
- Bob Westfall, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB-1; AP-2; CO-1; INS-1; LIB; NEA-1; NW; SN; UP-1; CP-1; NYS-1; PARA; WC-1, LIFE-3)
- Steve Lach, Duke (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; INS-1 [hb]; LIB; NEA-1; UP-2 [hb]; CP-2; PARA. LIFE-2)
- Steve Filipowicz, Fordham (AP-3; UP-2, LIFE-3)
- John Grigas, Holy Cross (INS-2; NEA-3)
- Merle Hapes, Ole Miss (NEA-2)
- Pete Layden, Texas (CP-3)
Bold = Consensus All-American
- -1 – First-team selection
- -2 – Second-team selection
- -3 – Third-team selection
- AAB = All-American Board of Football
- AP = Associated Press
- CO = Collier's Weekly, selected by Grantland Rice
- INS = International News Service, selected from a ballot of INS bureaus
- LIB = Liberty magazine
- NEA = NEA Sports Syndicate
- NW = Newsweek
- SN = The Sporting News
- UP = United Press
- CP = Central Press Association, selected with the assistance of the nation's football captains.
- LIFE = Life magazine selected by sports announcer Bill Stern.
- NYS = New York Sun
- PARA = Paramount News selected by Bill Slater.
- WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
- 1941 All-Big Six Conference football team
- 1941 All-Big Ten Conference football team
- 1941 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team
- 1941 All-SEC football team
- 1941 All-Southwest Conference football team
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- "Rokisky on Collier's Team". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 5, 1941.
- Lawton Carver (December 1, 1941). "Albert Tops INS All-America Grid Selections". Reading Eagle.
- Harry Grayson (November 21, 1941). "Duke's Lach Makes NEA All-America Team". The Rock Hill Herald.
- "United Press All-Stars". Los Angeles Times. December 4, 1941.
- Walter L. Johns, Central Press Sports Editor (December 7, 1941). "Midwest, South Top Captains' All-Americas". Reading Eagle.
- "Al DeMao, Rokisky on All-America Teams". The Pittsburgh Press. 1941-11-29.
- "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation.