PLANS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's first Silver Anniversary All-America, announced in our October 8 issue, are moving forward rapidly. Among them is this design for the silver goal posts to be awarded to the men finally chosen for distinguished accomplishment in their careers and their communities since they won their football letters as college seniors 25 years ago.
The idea for the Silver Anniversary All-America came to Herman Hickman this summer as he began to consider seriously the meaning and the future of football in America while preparing his articles on The College Football Crisis (SI, Aug. 6 and 13). "Perhaps I thought of it," he wrote in a note to Managing Editor Sidney L. James, "because this fall marks the Silver Anniversary of my last year of football in college and I got to thinking of the 1931 seniors all over the country who have made good in business, the medical profession, the legal profession and the ministry, the field of education and the armed forces."
Colleges have responded enthusiastically to requests for nominations and already almost 100 have sent them in, including institutions closely tied to the history and traditions of the game, like Harvard and Yale, Army and Notre Dame, and universities geographically as far apart as Maine and U.C.L.A.
A board of 25 outstanding citizens, with Herman Hickman as chairman, will make the final selections. Those who have already accepted include Gale Aydelott, president of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad; Paul Clark, president of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Meyer Kestnbaum, president of Hart Schaffner & Marx and special aide to President Eisenhower; Samuel F. B. Morse, president of Del Monte Properties Co.; Joseph P. Spang Jr., chairman of the board of The Gillette Co.; and Reese Taylor, president of Union Oil Co. of California.
October 21, 1956
The readiness of such men to serve and of colleges to participate is, I think, the best endorsement of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's purpose in establishing the annual awards. As Managing Editor James has defined the purpose, "We believe that the Silver Anniversary All-America will do much to emphasize the pursuit of the rounded human values in which athletics and education are joined."