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1915 Walter Camp error
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As was his custom, Walter Camp unveiled his 1915 All-America team in the mid-December issue of Collier’s Weekly. On the third string was a curious choice, Nebraska tackle Vic Halligan.

Every Nebraska fan knew something that the esteemed Camp did not: Halligan had played his last down in 1914 and was now a coach. The error opened Camp up to ridicule, and the incident wasn’t soon forgotten: Fifteen years later, it was still fodder for Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Camp blamed his mistake on deadline pressure from Collier’s editors. In a corrected version distributed to newspapers, Halligan was replaced by Army’s Alex “Babe” Weyand.

Halligan, by the way, was indeed an All-American – Nebraska's first, in 1914.