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1963 College Football All-America Team

The 1963 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 1963. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1963 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Central Press Association (CP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (6) the Sporting News, and (7) the United Press International (UPI).

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1963, the NCAA recognizes seven published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations.[1] Four players were unanimously chosen as first-team All-Americans by all seven official selectors. They were: (1) Navy quarterback Roger Staubach, who was awarded the 1963 Heisman Trophy; (2) Illinois center/linebacker Dick Butkus, won the 1963 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten Conference's Most Valuable Player; (3) tackle Scott Appleton who won the Outland Trophy and led the 1963 Texas Longhorns football team to a national championship; and (4) Nebraska guard Bob "The Boomer" Brown, who was the second player chosen in the 1964 NFL Draft. Staubach, Butkus and Brown were each subsequently inducted into both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames. The consensus All-American team also included College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Gale Sayers (running back, Kansas) and Carl Eller (tackle, Minnesota).

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Scott Appleton Tackle Texas 7/7 AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI Time, WC
Bob Brown Guard Nebraska 7/7 AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI Time, WC
Dick Butkus Center Illinois 7/7 AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI Time, WC
Roger Staubach Quarterback Navy 7/7 AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI Time, WC
Rick Redman Guard Washington 6/7 AFCA, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI WC
Carl Eller Tackle Minnesota 5/7 AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, UPI Time, WC
Gale Sayers Halfback Kansas 5/7 AFCA, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI WC
Vern Burke End Oregon State 4/7 AFCA, CP, FWAA, UPI WC
Larry Elkins End Baylor 3/7 CP, NEA, SN WC
Sherman Lewis Halfback Michigan State 3/7 AP, CP, UPI WC
Jim Grisham Fullback Oklahoma 3/7 CP, NEA, SN --
Paul Martha Back-Safety Pittsburgh 3/7 CP, NEA, SN --





  • Bob Brown, Nebraska (AFCA-1, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, SN, UPI-1, CP, WC, Time)
  • Rick Redman, Washington (AFCA-1, FWAA, NEA-1, SN, UPI-1, CP, WC)
  • Herschel Turner, Kentucky (SN, UPI-3 [tackle], Time)
  • Damon Bame, USC (AP-1, NEA-3, UPI-2)
  • Steve DeLong, Tennessee (AFCA-2, FWAA, UPI-3)
  • Mike Reilly, Iowa (AP-2, FWAA)
  • Dick Nowak, Army (AFCA-2, UPI-2)
  • Bob Lehman, Notre Dame (AP-2)
  • Ed Adamchik, Pittsburgh (NEA-2)
  • Bill Budness, Boston Univ. (NEA-2)
  • Don Croftcheck, Indiana (NEA-3)
  • Earl Lattimer, Michigan State (UPI-3)


  • Dick Butkus, Illinois (AFCA-1, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, SN, UPI-1, CP, WC, Time)
  • Kenny Dill, Mississippi (AP-2, FWAA)
  • Malcolm Walker, Rice (NEA-2, UPI-3)
  • Ray Kubala, Texas A&M (AFCA-2)
  • Pat Watson, Mississippi State (UPI-2)
  • Orville Hudson, East Texas St. (NEA-3)





  • Bold – Consensus All-American[1]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection

Official selectors

Other selectors


  1. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Coaches Association Says Jay Wilkinson All-American". Star News, Wilmington, N.C. November 26, 1963. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Bob Hoobing (December 6, 1963). "Staubach, Sidle, Lewis, Lothridge On All-America". The Morning Record, Meriden, Conn. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Staubach Leads Youthful NEA All-Americans". Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, FL. December 2, 1963. p. 14A. 
  6. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1269. ISBN 1401337031. 
  7. ^ "Wilkinson Named To UPI All-American Team". The Times-News, Hendersonville, N.C. December 5, 1963. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Where the Money Will Go". Time. 1963-11-27. 
  9. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-04-05.