The 1947 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 1947. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1947 season are (1), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FW), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP). Other selectors include the Central Press Association (CP) and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lujack and Michigan halfback Bob Chappuis were the only two players unanimously named by all eight official selectors as first-team All-Americans. Lujack and Chappuis also finished first and second in the 1947 Heisman Trophy voting.

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1947, the NCAA recognizes eight 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. The chart also reflects the published point total from the UP poll (2,211 points possible).

Name Position School UP votes Number Official Other
Johnny Lujack Quarterback Notre Dame 2,086 8/8 AFCA, AP, CO, FW, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Bob Chappuis Halfback Michigan 1,838 8/8 AFCA, AP, CO, FW, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Joe Steffy Guard Army 1,465 7/8 AFCA, CO, FW, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Bob Davis Tackle Ga.Tech. 739 7/8 AFCA, AP, CO, FW, INS, NEA, SN CP
Doak Walker Halfback SMU 1,367 6/8 AFCA, AP, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Bill Swiacki End Columbia 1,041 6/8 AFCA, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP WC
Paul Cleary End USC 899 6/8 AP, CO, FW, INS, NEA, SN CP
Bill Fischer Guard Notre Dame 909 5/8 AP, FW, NEA, SN, UP CP
Chuck Bednarik Center Penn 899 4/8 AFCA, AP, INS, UP WC
George Connor Tackle Notre Dame 1,831 4/8 AFCA, CO, SN, UP WC
Bobby Layne Quarterback Texas 1,200 3/8 FW, SN, UP CP

All-American selections for 1947








Official selections

Other selectors

See also


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  2. ^ Al Warren (December 17, 1947). "Patrolling the Sport Highway with Al Warren". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. Ogden, Utah.
  3. ^ "Midwest Places Three Backs On AP All-American Squad: Lujack, Evans and Chappuis On First Team". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. December 3, 1947.
  4. ^ "Collier's Grid Team Announced". The Times Recorder. Zanesville, OH. December 5, 1947.
  5. ^ "FWAA All-America Since 1944" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Lawton Carver (December 4, 1947). "Johnny Lujack Unanimous INS All-American Grid Selection". The Daily Courier. Connellsville, PA.
  7. ^ Harry Grayson (November 1947). "Lujack Is Only Unanimous Choice For NEA's 1947 All-America". Middlesboro, Ky., Daily News.
  8. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1208. ISBN 1401337031.
  9. ^ "Offensive Brilliance Pays Off On UP All-American: Midwestern Zone Leads With Four Players on Team". Journal. Western Nevada. November 27, 1947.
  10. ^ Walter L. Johns (December 1, 1947). "Midwest Gains Edge On CP All-American: Nation's Grid Captains Help Select Honor Eleven". The Era. Bradford, PA.
  11. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on December 18, 2007.