Whatever Happened to E.J. Holub?

Published: Jun. 25, 2002 at 1:22 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM CST
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He was Texas Tech's first ever all-American football player and went on to become an All-Pro and Super Bowl champion with the Kansas City Chiefs. E.J. Holub's storied career includes dozens of unprecedented achievements, including his induction into the football Hall of Fame. Holub played center and linebacker and is, to this day, the only player in NFL history to start different Super Bowl games on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage.

It was clear during E.J. Holub's debut varsity game with the Texas Tech Red Raiders that greatness was ahead of him. At the end of his first game in September of 1958, the sophomore linebacker blocked a Texas A&M field goal attempt, which gave Tech a 15 to 14 victory over A&M and marked the beginning of Holub's illustrious career.

"I was on the outside and the guy inside of me took the blocker, and I just went right off his butt and managed to block the field goal," says Holub.

Today, Holub is back in West Texas. He spent a number of years in ranching, but he is now working for the Red Raider Club, raising money for scholarships.

"This is home for me and this is where I want to be," says Holub.

Holub is the Red Raider Club Representative for the Midland and Permian Basin area, but he also travels around and we caught up with him shaking hands and greeting people at the Red Raider Club Benefit Golf Tournament in Plainview. Holub says being back with Tech is right where he wants to be.

"And I'm really proud of the university now. Making arrangements to go around and raise money for scholarships is just great," says Holub.

His career with Tech only got better after that blocked field goal against A&M, and at the end of his senior year, Holub was asked to play in the East-West Shrine game. Before that game, Holub talked to a reporter about the honor.

"As far as I know, I'm going out there the 22nd or 23rd and we work out one week prior to the game which will be played on the 31st. And I feel honored being selected to this group of boys, because it is a select group, and I've never been to San Francisco or the west and it thrills me immensely just to be able to go out there," says Holub.

Holub was drafted by the Dallas Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, and decided to go with the Texans who would soon move to Kansas City and that is where he would spend his 11 year career.

"I played in the first Super Bowl which was against Green Bay and we lost. And then the last official AFL-NFL Super Bowl was played in New Orleans where we beat Minnesota. Some of my most memorable memories," says Holub.

And he did it all with chronic knee injuries. He has endured a total of 20 knee surgeries in his lifetime, 11 while he was playing. That is a record by any athlete in the Guinness Book of World Records, just one more record for a man with many.

"There was a sports reporter who came to interview me one time and I was sitting in front of my locker and he looked at my knees and said, 'It looks like you got into a knife fight with a midget. And it really does, so that's why I don't where shorts anymore,'" says Holub.