Player Spotlight: Dan Ficca

Defensive tackle Dan Ficca was an All-American at USC but it’s unlikely you heard of him if you weren’t around from 1958-60. One reason is Ficca was a UPI second-team All-American and USC only officially recognizes first-team All-Americans.

So ponder this: You can make second team on a prestigious team (UPI) and not be an official All-American. But you can be first team on a joke team (College Sports Madness) and get a plaque at the McKay Center. Makes sense.

Ficca was from Atlas, Penn., and I believe recruited by Al Davis, an assistant at USC before he became Raiders owner.

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  • JustOwns

    Didn’t College Sports Madness also vote bozo u a joke FB NC?

    • Gabby

      little feet, little hands, little(you know the rest)

      • j metaphor

        I guess you like the big ones, eh Gabby????

        • Gabby

          Owns has the little-man complex.

          ….and you, tickled or choked?

          (do you know anything about theTrade Winds)

    • Lunderful

      JustOwns…….a puerile mind.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    I went to those games, he was one of the best, largest tackles, bigger than all American Ron Mix

  • Gabby

    We have a crisis going on, and you post some random thought from 1950’s……and you wonder why no one takes you seriously

    No disrespect Mr Ficca

    • Yale O. Leftwich

      I take it seriously, I went to games back then…those guys never came out of the game, they played both ways…have a little respect…SC needs to remember its past, to get this mess fixed.

      • Gabby

        FIGHT ON!

      • Steve B.

        I saw him play in 1959 still being in high school. Al Davis recruited well back East. Ben Charles was also from Pennsylvania. Don Clark was the coach.

    • j metaphor

      Scott was just trying to give you a brief respite from the dumpster fire meltdown.
      You should be thanking him.

    • rusoviet

      He’s a lot bigger than some of the players suited up as Trojans looked like Saturday night on our ‘O’ line.

      • Gabby

        The o-line forgot to take the roller skates off

        • rusoviet

          The game reminded me of that Super Bowl where the opening snap to Manning went over his head against SEA.

          • Gabby

            Peyton and Sam had a similar performance.

  • ItsAllAboutTheBall

    How does his Pad Level compare to our Lineman……….??

  • Jack B

    SW has a legit point here. To think that College Sports Madness is what our All-America wall is about now is a real disservice to past and real USC All-Americas. Nothing’s ever perfect.

    • marvgoux1

      College Sports Madness? Where’s the common sense at Heritage Hall these days?