Family, friends celebrate life of Red Raider great E.J. Holub

Family, friends celebrate life of Red Raider great E.J. Holub

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It was a funeral service filled with laughter and tears as mourners celebrated the life of E.J. Holub Monday afternoon.

"He was always for Tech, no matter what the score was or what the sport was, and he loved Texas Tech," Texas Tech Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance said. "He brought a lot of recognition to Texas Tech in the 50s and 60s, when we really didn't have many people nationwide that knew us."

Hance called Holub larger than life, and the best Red Raider of all time.

Holub was the first College Football Hall of Famer in Tech history and was a Texas Tech Ring of Honor member. Holub is also the only player in history to start two Super Bowls at two different positions.

"A two-time All American, our first consensus All-American, our first ever player on the Southwest Conference, so you know, his accolades from a football standpoint are heads and shoulders above most others," Texas tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said.

After retiring in 1971, Holub continued to give back to his alma mater, raising money for student-athlete scholarships and remaining part of the football program.

Hance said Holub's greatest attribute was his love for people.

"He was a funny guy, had a great sense of humor, and he just, he'd see you, and he'd give you a hug and you could barely survive the hug," Hance said, "but what a great guy and what a great ambassador for Texas Tech and the City of Lubbock E.J. Holub was."

A man who's legacy will never be forgotten, Hocutt said.


"It's those lives that he touched off the football field and how he connected with everybody he came across, made him just such a special man that will be missed," Hocutt said.

E.J. Holub was 81.

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