Ed Molinski
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Ed Molinski

Ed Molinski
Tennessee Volunteers - No. 36
Classof 1941
Career history
High schoolMassillon Washington
(Massillon, Ohio)
Personal information
Born:(1917-08-20)August 20, 1917
Massillon, Ohio
Died:June 26, 1986 (1986-06-27) (aged 68)
Memphis, Tennessee
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (1939)
College Football Hall of Fame (1990)

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 career

Molinski played his high school ball at Massillon 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.[1] He was also named All-American the following season in 1940.[2] In 1939, he was named to the 1939 College Football All Polish-American Team.[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.[4]


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, Molinski served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, reaching the rank of second lieutenant.[1]

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, Tennessee and practiced medicine until his death.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Ed "Big Mo" Molinski at the College Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 6, 2006. Retrieved 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Rosiak, A. J. (December 24, 1939). "In The Polish Colony". The Sunday Morning Star. p. 14. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Ed Molinski". utsports.cstv.com.
  5. ^ "Oklahoma 0, Tennessee 17: January 2, 1939". SoonerStats.com.
  • 2006 University of Tennessee Football Media Guide

External links

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