After they were picked by the judges, the Silver Anniversary squad of 1956 filled out a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED questionnaire. This was designed, not so much to discover "what happens to football players" as to learn something of what the achievement men have in common.
Here are the principal questions and the answers of the All-Americas as a group:
In college did you compete in any sports other than football?
Did you receive scholarship help of any kind in college?
Did you earn part of your way by:
Working during semesters—16
Working during vacations—5
Were you a member of a social fraternity or eating club?
Did you find time for any nonathletic campus organizations (student government, debating, etc.)?
Were you elected to any honorary societies or honorary fraternities while in college?
Did you take military training courses?
At what level were your college grades?
Did you take a graduate degree of any kind after college?
Yes—14 (medicine 5, business and the arts 6, theology 2, law 1)
After leaving college (or graduate school), at what salary did you start your first full-time job?
Average starting salary—$32.50 a week
Have you married? If so at what age?
Average age—at 24
Number of children, if any?
Average number of children—2½
Have you ever been divorced?
About how many hours a week do you devote to your work?
Do you take part in any active sports?
Yes—19 (golf 15, hunting 4, swimming 8)
Does your wife take part in any?
Yes—15 (golf 7, tennis 2, swimming 4)
What was your weight as a college senior? Today?
As seniors—183 pounds
Do you suffer from any old football injuries?
On the stress-and-strain side of the medical record, have you ever received treatment for:
High blood pressure—1
Are you a regular church member?
Were you in military service during World War II? If not, did you perform civilian services connected with the war effort?
What was your customary playing position in football?
If you had it to do again, would you play college football?
Have you ever served your college in a professional or voluntary capacity since graduation (e.g., coaching, teaching, trustee, alumni work, etc.)?
Yes—17 (coaching 5, teaching or administrative work 2, overseers 2, trustee 1, alumni fund work 7)
How many class reunions have you attended so far?
Planning to attend your 25th?
Tad Jones, the old Yale coach, is supposed to have told his team on the eve of a game with Harvard that they would "never again, as long as you live" do anything so important as represent their college in the big game. Does your experience of life since graduation lead you to support this philosophy or reject it?