Ed Molinski
Date of birth: (1917-08-20)August 20, 1917
Place of birth: Massillon, Ohio
Date of death: June 26, 1986
Place of death: Memphis, Tennessee
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Tennessee
 As player:
1937-1940 Tennessee
College Football Hall of Fame

Ed Molinski (August 20, 1917 - June 26, 1986) was a Hall of Fame college football player for the University of Tennessee. He later became a doctor after being involved in boxing, World War II, and college coaching.

Football careerEdit

Molinski played his high school ball at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, where he played for legendary coach Paul Brown from 1934 to 1936. After graduating, he moved on to Tennessee where he played for another legendary coach, Robert Neyland. Molinski was a standout at guard in both high school and college.

While at Tennessee, he helped lead the teams there to a 31-2 record and three undefeated regular seasons.[1] He was a member of the 1938 Tennessee team that won the National Championship, and the 1939 team that put together an unscored upon regular season. That year, Molinski was named to several All American teams. [2] He was also named All American the following season in 1940. [3]

Molinski was an All American at the guard position, but was noted as a great player on both sides of the ball. He played on the defensive line for his entire career at Tennessee.[4] Molinski was known as a fiery player during his time at Tennessee, a benefit for the offensive and defensive line positions. His temperament was apparent when he was ejected early in the 1939 Orange Bowl, the final game for the 1938 championship team.[5]

Molinski was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.[6]


Molinski was also involved in Golden Gloves boxing. He was the state heavyweight champion in Tennessee, while also captaining the university boxing squad. After college, Molinksi served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, earning the rank of second lieutenant.[7]

Following the war, Molinski worked as an assistant football coach at Memphis State and Mississippi State in addition to studying for a medical degree. The then Dr. Molinski finally settled in Memphis, TN and practiced medicine until his death.[8] Molinski earned the M.D. degree from the UT Center for the Health Sciences. He also served as team doctor for both teams while coaching. [9]


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