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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

E.J. Holub

Class of 2011

E.J. Holub | 1957-1959 | Lubbock High School | Football

E.J. Holub played football at Lubbock High School from 1957-1959. Holub graduated from Lubbock High School in 1957 and went on to attend Texas Technological College.

As a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Holub was the school’s first two-time consensus All-American center, in 1959 and 1960. He was the first player in Texas Tech football history to have his jersey number (55) retired.

Holub was named Sports Illustrated and AP Lineman of the Week after registering 15 unassisted tackles and eight assists against Baylor as a senior. He was the first Texas Tech player to be named All-Southwest Conference in 1960.

Nicknamed “the Beast”, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor at Texas Tech. He was also inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana in 1986. He played in the Coaches All-America game, the Senior Bowl and the Chicago All-Star Game. He was named the Outstanding Lineman in the 1960 East-West Shrine Game and later named to it’s all-time honor squad. Even as a lineman, Holub finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting his senior year.

In 1961, the AFL’s Dallas Texans drafted Holub in the first round. He started for the Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs as a linebacker and as a center. Even after nine knee surgeries, Holub was a leader, a “holler guy”, and he was a team player, enduring pain to lead his team. He would spend hours in the training room, watching blood and liquid drain from his knee, then go out to the field and perform as though he was suffering from no physical problem.

He was an American Football League All-Star in 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 and was the only player to start two Super Bowls at two different positions. He started Super Bowl I at linebacker, then started Super Bowl IV at center and was a driving force in helping the Chiefs defeat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. He was named All-Pro four times and played in seven All-Star games. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Helms Athletic Hall of Fame, All-Time Texas Professional Football Association, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
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