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Ed Travis


James Edward Travis

Inducted 1974

Date of Birth



Tarkio, MO


University of Missouri (1917-1920)

University of Missouri (1917-1917)

Tarkio College (1916-1916)


Tarkio, Missouri, is a quiet little college town tucked away in the northwest corner of the state and hardly known as a hotbed of football talent. It was there that Ed "Brick" Travis starred as a high school player, dreaming of the day when he could play for the University of Missouri. But Ed's stellar high school credentials failed to impress Mizzou recruiters and the promising young lineman decided to stay at home and play for tiny Tarkio College. That was in 1916. The next season, Ed Travis was summoned to Missouri and fitted for a Tiger uniform. World War I suspended football competition at Missouri and sent Ed packing for military duty. The interruption didn't slow him up, however. He was back in a Tiger uniform for the 1919 season, anchoring the Tiger line with his bone-shattering performances. During his final two campaigns at Missouri the Tigers won 12, lost 2 and tied 2. They were 7-1-0 in Ed's final season, losing only to Oklahoma, 28-7. From Missouri, Travis entered a three-year professional football career with teams in Rock Island and St. Louis. He was a stone-hard lineman, an immovable mass of muscle and bone. It was not unusual for Travis to clear out an entire side of an opposing line in a single play.


Height 6'1

Weight 200

Career Highlights

  • 1920 All-Conference
  • 1919 All-Conference
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