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Ed Molinski


Edward Michael Molinski

Inducted 1990

Date of Birth



Scranton, PA


University of Tennessee (1938-1940)


Ed Molinski was a star for two of the most famous coaches of all time. In high school at Massillon, Ohio, he played for Paul Brown in 1934-1936; at the University of Tennessee in 1938-1940 he performed for Bob Neyland. In his time at Tennessee, the Vols had a 31-2 record. They were unbeaten in the regular season all three years; they won once in the Orange Bowl and lost in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Molinski was a consensus All-America as a guard in 1939, a year when Tennessee went 10-0 and out-scored opponents 212-0 in the regular season. He was a first-team All-America pick in 1940. He and Hall of Famer Bob Suffridge formed one of college football's greatest guard combinations. Molinski was captain of the university boxing team and Tennessee state heavyweight champion in Golden Gloves. He was a second lieutenant in the Marines in World War II. Then Molinski worked as assistant football coach at Memphis State and Mississippi State while studying for a medical degree. Dr. Molinski settled in Memphis and practiced medicine there.


Height 5'10

Weight 186

Career Highlights

  • 1940 First Team All-America
  • 1939 All-Conference
  • 1939 Consensus All-America
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