American Football Database
American Football Database
Born(1937-09-05)September 5, 1937
Natchitoches, LA
DiedApril 28, 2003(2003-04-28) (aged 65)
Houston, Texas
Position(s)Running Back
CollegeNorthwestern State University of Louisiana
Career highlights
AFL All-Star1961, 1962
HonorsAmerican Football League Champion 1960, 1961
* Pro Football Reference
1960-1966AFL Houston Oilers

Charlie Tolar (September 5, 1937 - April 28, 2003) was an early American Football League (AFL) star.

Tolar attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At Northwestern, Tolar was twice Gulf States Conference MVP and still holds four school records.

One of the most popular figures in the early days of the AFL, the 5-6, 210-pounder had dozens of nicknames, including "the Human Bowling Ball", and was named to AFL All-Star teams in 1961, 1962 and 1963. Tolar helped the Houston Oilers win the first American Football League championship in 1960 and repeat in 1961. The team finished as runners-up in 1962, when he was the team's Offensive MVP with 1,012 yards and a league record 244 carries. He was named to the Oilers' 30th Anniversary Dream Team chosen by fans in 1989, and was among the top ten all-time rushers in the history of the AFL.

Tolar died in Houston in 2003 following a bout with cancer.[1]

Charlie Tolar was also an oil well-fighter. He worked for noted oil-well fighter Red Adair.