September 5, 1937|
|Died||April 28, 2003
|College||Northwestern State University of Louisiana|
|AFL All-Star||1961, 1962|
|Honors||American Football League Champion 1960, 1961|
|1960-1966||AFL Houston Oilers|
Charlie Tolar (September 5, 1937 - April 28, 2003) was an early American Football League (AFL) star.
One of the most popular figures in the early days of the AFL, the 5-6, 210-pounder had dozens of nicknames, including "the Human Bowling Ball", and was named to AFL All-Star teams in 1961, 1962 and 1963. Tolar helped the Houston Oilers win the first American Football League championship in 1960 and repeat in 1961. The team finished as runners-up in 1962, when he was the team's Offensive MVP with 1,012 yards and a league record 244 carries. He was named to the Oilers' 30th Anniversary Dream Team chosen by fans in 1989, and was among the top ten all-time rushers in the history of the AFL.
Charlie Tolar was also an oil well fire-fighter. He worked for noted oil well fire-fighter Red Adair.