E.J. Holub is famous both for football and for his horse

Autographed 1963 Fleer E.J. Holub

The Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs had a roster full of fantastic players – Abner Haynes, Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Otis Taylor and many, many more.  So many, in fact, that is sometimes easy to overlook guys who maybe weren’t as well-known.  Guys like EJ Holub.  The following article by Ray Westbrook talks about what made Holub loved not only as a player, but as a teammate and person.  Like others, he was one of the colorful characters of the American Football League.


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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

7 Responses to E.J. Holub is famous both for football and for his horse

  1. Paul Beaver says:

    I met E.J. in the Texans’ early years. He was at TTech, and Bob Lilly (@TCU), both played in the Southwest Conference at the same time and were both All-Americans.

    Holub’s Bio:
    E.J. Holub was a two-time (1959, 1960) All-America center at Texas Tech who often doubled on defense as a linebacker. Holub was a captain of all-star squads in the East-West Shrine game and the Senior bowl. He was named outstanding lineman in the Shrine game and also made its all-time honor squad. He played pro football with the Dallas Texans (1961-62) and Kansas City Chiefs (1963-70) at linebacker, but because of knee injuries he later moved to center. He was All-Pro in the American Football League and started in Super Bowls I and IV, once as a linebacker and once as a center. He is a member of the Texas Tech Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. Holub was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

    • Tom says:

      Paul add to your list of SWC players Frank Jackson who would later team with EJ in Dallas and KC was at SMU. I discovered when looking up SMU’s 1960 roster that Jerry Rhome started his college career at SMU before transferring to Tulsa. Makes one wonder if he would have won the Heisman if he’d stayed in Dallas, although he wouldn’t have had Howard Twilley to throw to.
      Jerry Rhome played for his father at Sunset HS in Dallas, in 1955 Sunset HS produced Ed Southern, Ed may be the only prep athlete in US history to be ranked number one by T&F News in four events, with the nations best times that year in the 220, 440,120HH &180 LH.

      • Paul Beaver says:

        SMU had Meredith, Rhome, and a 3rd QB who was very good too.
        Rhome took his talents to Tulsa and teamed with Howard Twilley on a solid Tulsa football team.

        Eddie Southern, along with Bobby Morrow and Dave Simes, were the best in college track short distances in the mid-late 50’s.

        Morrow had a slight edge in the 100 (was Olympic Champ), but Southern held his own at distances above that. I saw those guys compete at the Texas Relays, and other events around the Dallas area.

        • Tom says:

          Thank for that I read where Sid Garton New Boston TX a few years back was honored at the Texas Relay. In 1958 Sid was the fastest prep sprinter in the land. The plight of Bobby Morrow is most unpleasant and how after injury wss all but discarded.
          One of my more memorable track meets was the 1968 USC UCLA dual meet in the Coliseum, but not for the reason one might think, USC with Earl McCoullough, Fred Kuller, Lennox Miller & OJ set the world record that day in the 4×100, no it was Robert “The Man Fron Uncle” Vaughn sat in the seat in front of me. Vaughn was accompanied with another and politely asked me and the two others I was with, if it was ok if they sat there before taking a seat.

  2. Just a big E.J. FAN- always thought he was tuff” as a pine knot.Think he played both ways a lot.He even looks like a Cowboy”’

  3. Greg houlihanHuli says:

    Did you know Frank Arbanas was blind in one eye that played tightend

    • Paul Beaver says:

      Arbansas had played several years with the Dallas Texans, before they moved up to KC.

      However, 1964 also marked a turning point in his life when, in December, he was brutally attacked by two men on a Kansas City sidewalk.[7] He lost sight in the eye in January 1965, causing him to miss the AFL All-Star game. He was again a Western All-Star in 1965, 1966 (when he did not play due to injury), and 1967.

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