The 1903 College Football All-America team is composed of various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams that season. The organizations and individuals that chose the teams included Collier's Weekly selected by Walter Camp, Caspar Whitney for Outing magazine, Charles Chadwick and Fielding H. Yost.

Of the 15 players who have been recognized by the NCAA as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1903 season, 12 played for teams in the Ivy League, and nine played for the "Big Four" teams of the era—Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Penn. The only three consensus All-Americans from schools outside the Ivy League were tackle Fred Schacht of Minnesota, quarterback James Johnson of Carlisle, and halfback Willie Heston of Michigan.

Five players were selected as first-team All-Americans by at least four of the known selectors: guard John DeWitt of Princeton (5), center Henry Hooper of Dartmouth (5), end Charles D. Rafferty of Yale (5), halfback Willie Heston of Michigan (4), and tackle James Hogan of Yale (4). Hooper, who was a freshman in 1903, died three months after the football season ended, following an attack of appendicitis.[1][2]

In 2008, Sports Illustrated sought to answer the question, "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934?"[3] Its selection for 1903 was Willie Heston of Michigan described as "the nation's finest back."[3]

All-Americans of 1903




John Dewitt of Princeton.
John Dewitt of Princeton.




Willie Heston of Michigan.
Willie Heston of Michigan.



See also


  1. ^ "Dartmouth Athlete Dead: Henry Hooper Was Considered Great Football Centre" (PDF). The New York Times. February 29, 1904.
  2. ^ "H. J. Hooper's Funeral: Many Students from Dartmouth at Services at Exeter--Beautiful Display of Floral Pieces". Boston Daily Globe. March 3, 1904. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b Mike Beacom (December 12, 2008). "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ "Walter Camp Names All American Team". The Trenton Times. 1903-12-10.
  5. ^ Caspar Whitney (January 1904). "The Sportsman's View Point" (PDF). Outing. p. 477. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  6. ^ "Picked Football Teams". Grand Traverse Herald. 1903-12-03.
  7. ^ "Crack Football Eleven". Los Angeles Times. 1903-11-30.
  8. ^ "The Ideal All-American Team". San Antonio Daily Light. 1903-12-14.
  9. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.