The 1949 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 1949. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1949 season are (1) the Associated Press, (2) the United Press, (3) the All-America Board, (4) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (5) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (8) the Sporting News.
For the year 1949, 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.
|Leon Hart||End||Notre Dame||8/8||AAB, AP, COL, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||NYS, PLAY, WC|
|Emil Sitko||Fullback||Notre Dame||8/8||AAB, AP, COL, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||NYS, PLAY, WC|
|Clayton Tonnemaker||Center||Minnesota||7/8||AAB AP, COL, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||NYS, PLAY, WC|
|Rod Franz||Guard||California||7/8||AAB, AP, COL, FWAA, INS, SN, UP||NYS, WC|
|Doak Walker||Halfback||SMU||7/8||AAB, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||PLAY|
|Arnold Galiffa||Quarterback||Army||6/8||AP, COL, FWAA, INS, SN, UP||NYS, PLAY, WC|
|Leo Nomellini||Tackle||Minnesota||6/8||AAB, COL, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||WC|
|James Williams||End||Rice||4/8||AAB, AP, COL, FWAA||NYS, PLAY, WC|
|Alvin Wistert||Tackle||Michigan||4/8||AAB, INS, SN, UP||WC|
|Ed Bagdon||Guard||Michigan State||4/8||FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||WC|
|Bob Williams||Quarterback||Notre Dame||4/8||AAB, FWAA, SN, UP||WC|
All-American selections for 1949
- Leon Hart, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-1; SN; INSO; INSD; NEAO; NYS; WC-1; PLAY)
- James "Froggy" Williams, Rice (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-2; COL-1; FWAA-1; NYS; WC-1; PLAY)
- Art Weiner, North Carolina (College Football Hall of Fame)(UP-1; FWAA-2; SN; INSD)
- Dan Foldberg, Army (UP-2; FWAA-3; NEAO)
- Jim Owens, Oklahoma (College Football Hall of Fame) (INSO)
- Ken Rose, Stanford (NEAD)
- Kenny Powell, North Carolina (NEAD)
- J. D. Isom, Baylor (AP-2)
- Bud Sherrod, Tennessee (AP-2)
- Bud Grant, Minnesota (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (FWAA-2)
- Red Wilson, Wisconsin (AP-3; FWAA-3)
- Tom Rowe, Dartmouth (AP-3)
- Leo Nomellini, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-3; SN; NEAO [guard]; WC-1)
- Alvin Wistert, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-3; UP-1; SN; INSD; WC-1)
- Wade Walker, Oklahoma (AP-1; UP-2; FWAA-1; NEAO; COL-1)
- James Martin (College Football Hall of Fame), Notre Dame (AP-1; UP-2; FWAA-2; INSD; NEAD)
- Robert Wahl, Michigan (FWAA-1; NEAO)
- Bob Gain, Kentucky (College Football Hall of Fame)(AP-2; FWAA-2; NEAO [guard]; NYS; PLAY)
- Hollie Donan, Princeton (College Football Hall of Fame) (FWAA-3; PLAY)
- Jim Turner, California (INSO)
- Thurman "Fum" McGraw, Colorado A&M (College Football of Fame) (INSO)
- John Sandusky, Villanova (NYS)
- Ray Krouse, Maryland (AP-2)
- Louis Allen, Duke (AP-3)
- Rod Franz, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-1; SN; INSO; WC-1; NYS)
- Ed Bagdon, Michigan State (UP-1; FWAA-1; SN; NEAD [tackle]; WC-1)
- Bernie Barkouskie, Pittsburgh(AP-3; COL-1; INSD; NEAD)
- Stanley West, Oklahoma (AAB; AP-2; UP-2; FWAA-2; NEAD; NYS; PLAY)
- Vern Sterling, Santa Clara(AP-3 [center]; FWAA-3; PLAY)
- Bull Schweder, Penn (FWAA-2; INSO)
- Bud McFadin, Texas (College Football Hall of Fame) (INSD)
- Don Mason, Michigan State (AP-2; FWAA-3)
- George Toneff, Ohio State (UP-2)
- Jack Lininger, Ohio State(AP-3)
- Clayton Tonnemaker, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-1; SN; NEAD; NYS; WC-1; PLAY)
- Joe Watson, Rice (UP-2; FWAA-2; INSO; NEAO)
- Tom Novak, Nebraska (INSD)
- Jim Castagnoli, Stanford (AP-2)
- Bob Fuchs, Missouri (FWAA-3)
- Emil Sitko, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-1; SN; INSO; NEAO; NYS; WC-1; PLAY)
- Doak Walker, Southern Methodist (SMU) (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; SN; INSD; NEAO; PLAY)
- Arnold Galiffa, Army (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; FWAA-1; SN; INSO; NYS; WC-1; PLAY)
- Bob Williams, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-2; UP-1; FWAA-1; SN; WC-1)
- Charlie Justice, North Carolina (AAB; AP-1; UP-2; COL-1; FWAA-3; INSO; PLAY)
- Eddie LeBaron, College of Pacific (UP-2; INSD; NEAO)
- Eddie Price, Tulane (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; FWAA-2; INSO)
- Lynn Chandnois, Michigan State (UP-2; FWAA-2; INSD; COL-1)
- George Thomas, Oklahoma (FWAA-3; NEAD; NYS)
- George Sella, Princeton (NEAD; NYS)
- John Papit, Virginia (AP-3; NEAO)
- Darrell Royal, Oklahoma (INSD)
- Forrest Klein, California (NEAD)
- Randall Clay, Texas (NEAD)
- Chuck Ortmann, Michigan (AP-2; UP-2; FWAA-3)
- Bob Celeri, California (AP-2; FWAA-2)
- Hillary Chollet, Cornell (AP-2)
- Dick Kempthorn, Michigan (FWAA-2)
- Bob Zastrow, Navy (AP-3)
- Johnny Karras, Illinois (AP-3)
- Jim Cain, Army (FWAA-3)
- Bold – Consensus All-American
- -1 – First-team selection
- -2 – Second-team selection
- -3 – Third-team selection
- AP = Associated Press, chosen after recommendations from 250 sports editors, AP staff writers, college coaches, and radio broadcasters
- COL = Collier's Weekly, selected by the American Football Coaches Association
- FWAA = Look magazine, selected by Grantland Rice and the Football Writers Association of America
- INSO/INSD = International News Service offensive and defensive selections
- NEAO/NEAD = Newspaper Editors Association offensive and defensive All-American teams, selected by NEA sports editor Harry Grayson 
- SN = Sporting News
- UP = United Press, selected for The United Press by 313 football writers and football broadcasters from all sections of the country
- CP = Central Press Association
- WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
- NYS = New York Sun
- PLAY = All-Players All-America team, selected by the Chicago Tribune with the cooperation of 112 major colleges, based on the votes of 2,193 college football players. Players were only permitted to vote for players who they played against.
- 1949 All-Big Seven Conference football team
- 1949 All-Big Ten Conference football team
- 1949 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team
- 1949 All-SEC football team
- 1949 All-Southwest Conference football team
- "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
- "Irish Lead In A.P. All-Star Honors". The Southeast Missourian (AP story). December 1, 1949.
- "Pitt's Barkouskie Picked On Collier's All-America". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 2, 1949.
- "Doak Walker Eliminates Self From Collier's All-America". The News and Courier. December 2, 1949.
- "Barkouskie Named All-American". The Pittsburgh Press. December 2, 1949.
- "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America.
- "Midwesterners Dominate This All-America". The Owosso Press-Argus. December 5, 1949.
- "Irish Place 3 On Look Star Team". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. December 6, 1949.
- "Three Notre Dame Gridders on INS All-America". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 27, 1949.
- Jeff Moshier (November 26, 1949). "Grayson Is First With All-America Offense, Defense". The Evening Independent.
- "Midwest Teams Again Dominate U.P. All-America". St. Petersburg Times (UP story). November 24, 1949.
- "ALL-AMERICA TEAM NAMED; Notre Dame Gains Three Berths on United Press Eleven". The New York Times. 1949.
- "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on 2009-03-30.
- "Hart and Sitko Named on Sun's All-American". The Milwaukee Journal. November 26, 1949.
- Arch Ward (December 4, 1949). "College Players Name 1949 All-America Teams". Chicago Tribune.
- "Irish Top Players All-America Vote". The Sun. Baltimore, Md. December 4, 1949.