Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ed Weir

Ed Weir


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Nebraska
  • High School: Superior, NE (Superior HS)
  • Years: 1923-1925
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Superior, NE
  • Date of Birth: Mar 14, 1903
  • Place of Death: Lincoln, NE
  • Date of Death: May 15, 1991
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

Ed Weir was a two-time All-America tackle 1924-1925, a two-time Nebraska football captain 1924-1925, a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. The Football Writers Association of America in 1970 voted him on its all-star lineup for the 1920s decade. Knute Rockne called him �the greatest tackle I ever saw.� Weir said his greatest football thrills were Nebraska�s 1923 victory over Notre Dame, when the Four Horsemen were juniors, and its 1925 victory over Illinois when Red Grange was a senior. He played professionally with the Frankford Yellow Jackets 1926-1928. Weir stood 6-0, weighed 190-pounds, and was conference champion in the high hurdles. He returned to Nebraska in 1929 as assistant football and track coach, was head track coach 1939-1954 and assistant director of athletics 1955-68. His track teams won 10 conference championships in 16 years. He was a legend on campus, a man who lifted weights until age 70 and rode a bicycle to downtown Lincoln at age 85. He was called �Mr. Nebraska Football.� Ed Weir was born March 14, 1903, in Superior, Nebraska, and died May 15, 1991. He is honored in his home town, Superior, by the annual Ed Weir Relays. The university, in 1974, dedicated Ed Weir Stadium, a site for track meets.