Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Tommy Nobis

Tommy Nobis


  • Position: Linebacker/Guard
  • School: Texas
  • High School: San Antonio, TX (Thomas Jefferson HS)
  • Years: 1963-1965
  • Inducted: 1981
  • Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX
  • Date of Birth: Sep 20, 1943
  • Jersey Number: 60
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

The year was 1963, and Texas coach Darrell Royal had brought his Longhorn team to the brink of a national championship. However, he lacked a single ingredient - a player who could lead, inspire and produce the emotional pitch necessary to capture the elusive number one finish. Tommy Nobis was to be that player. The 6-2, 230-pound sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, was an exceptional performer in those days of two-platoon football. Working at offensive guard and linebacker, Nobis' aggressive style left teammates as well as opponents in awe. His line-play proved the catalyst, as Texas swept to a perfect 10-game regular season, and then stopped Navy and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl, 28-7. The national championship belonged to the Longhorns! The following year Texas went 10-1 with a victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Texas in 1965 was 6-4. Nobis made All-America in 1964 and 1965 and in the latter year won the Outland Award as the nation's best interior lineman.