Most football fans know that service football teams played colleges large and small during WWI and WWII. The service football tradition continued in the 1950s, though most service teams played one another exclusively. Nevertheless, the services produced some excellent football teams, partly because Uncle Sam drafted NFL and former college players like everyone else. As a result, some service teams had significant, though uneven, talent. Prominent among them were the Fort Ord Warriors, winners of the New Year’s Day 1954 Salad Bowl to claim the national service championship.