From the Texas Tech Athletics Department:
Three Red Raider legends are the first inductees into the newly established Texas Tech Football Ring of Honor.
Donny Anderson, E.J. Holub and Dave Parks will be enshrined in the Texas Tech Football Ring of Honor in ceremonies held during Texas Tech's season opener against Northwestern State on Sept. 1. The names and numbers of all three will be etched onto the West Stadium Building (press box) facing the playing surface inside Jones AT&T Stadium.
"These three men made tremendous impacts on the Texas Tech Football program and were unanimous choices to be the first inductees into the Ring of Honor," said Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics. "Their careers and accomplishments were unprecedented at Texas Tech and induction into the Ring of Honor will remind present and future generations of their impact on Red Raider Football."
Anderson, Holub and Parks are the only three players in the history of the football program to have their jerseys retired and all three are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Holub was Texas Tech's first inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986 followed by Anderson in 1989. Parks became Tech's third inductee into the hall in 2008.
"On behalf of our team, former players and coaches, I would like to congratulate Donny (Anderson), E.J. (Holub) and Dave (Parks) on their induction into the Ring of Honor," said Tommy Tuberville, Head Football Coach. "These three men helped shape and define the Texas Tech Football program and their impact is still felt today. When our players step onto the field at Jones AT&T Stadium, I hope they will be inspired to play as hard and with as much passion and courage as they did."
2012 Ring of Honor Inductees:
#44 Donny Anderson, Running Back, 1963-65
Nicknamed the "Golden Palomino" … one of three Red Raiders to have his jersey formally retired at Texas Tech … a 1989 inductee into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame … Consensus First-Team All-American in 1964 and 1965 … finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1965 … Co-National Player of the Year in 1965 by The Sporting News … All-Southwest Conference selection in 1963, 1964 and 1965 ... first-round draft choice in both the AFL (Houston) and NFL (Green Bay) in 1965 … inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1978 … averaged 4.5 yards per-carry during his three-year career as a running back and 39 yards per-punt as the team's punter … holds the school record for the longest touchdown run (90 yards vs. TCU in 1964) .. ranks ninth all-time at Texas Tech in career rushing yards with 2,280 and eighth with 526 attempts … ranks second on the Texas Tech single-season all-purpose yards list with 2,107 in 1965 … played six seasons of professional football with the Green Bay Packers and four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
#55 E.J. Holub, Center/Linebacker, 1958-60
Nicknamed "The Beast" … one of three Red Raiders to have his jersey formally retired at Texas Tech … Texas Tech's first inductee into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame (1986) … First-Team All-American in 1959 and 1960 … finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1960 … Texas Tech's first All-Southwest Conference honoree in 1960 … named to the Street & Smith's 50th Anniversary Team … selected to the play in the Coaches All-American Game, The Chicago Tribune All-Stars Game and the East-West Shrine Game … was a first-round draft pick by the AFL's Dallas Texans and a second-round draft choice by the NFL's Dallas Cowboys … inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1977 … was an AFL All-Star in 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 … is the only player in history to start two Super Bowls at two different positions (started Super Bowl I at linebacker and Super Bowl IV at center) … won a world championship with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970 … inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Honor in 1976 … played 10 seasons of professional football with the Dallas Texans (1961-1962) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1963-1970).
#81 Dave Parks, Split End, 1961-63
One of three Red Raiders to have his jersey formally retired at Texas Tech … a 2008 inductee into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame … Consensus First-Team All-American in 1963 (Associated Press, Sporting News, Boston Recorder-American, Sports Extra, American Football Coaches, Time Magazine, Williamson Racing and Football Weekly) … All-Southwest Conference selection in 1962 and 1963 … Team MVP in 1962 and 1963 … top overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft (San Francisco 49ers) and remains the only Red Raider chosen as the first pick in the draft … inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1990 … holds the Texas Tech school record for the longest interception return (98 yards vs. Colorado in 1962) … selected to play in the 1963 East-West Shrine Game, the 1964 Senior Bowl and the 1964 Coaches All-America Game … spent 10 seasons in the NFL with San Francisco (1964-67), New Orleans (1968-72) and Houston (1973).
The Ring of Honor festivities will begin with a community wide luncheon at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall on Friday, August 31. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased through the Red Raider Club (806-742-1196/ RRC.firstname.lastname@example.org). Enshrinement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, during Texas Tech's season opener against Northwestern State. Kickoff time has not been set.